United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science

HOSA Invited Guests of the United Nations  
3rd Commemoration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science

"We need to encourage and support girls and women to achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators." -- UN Secretary General, Anonio Guterres

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was invited to send ten (10) representatives to attend the Women and Girls in Science Forum at the United Nations, February 8-9, New York City. 

Those representing HOSA were: 

  • George Sifakis, Host of Delegation & HOSA Washington Office Director
  • Peggy Enslen, RN, Ed.D., Chair, HOSA-Future Health Professionals
  • Priya Rathakrishnan, President, HOSA-Future Health Professionals
  • Sarah Fleischman, President-Elect, HOSA-Future Health Professionals
  • Shawnee Chaudhury, Alumnus, Past Executive Council Member (2016-2017); Rutgers University (Health Care Administration/Management 2018)
  • Shayna Mooney, Alumnus, Past Executive Council Member (2010-2011); MD Candidate at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • Katherine Ammann, Delaware HOSA State President (Conrad Schools of Science)
  • Yasmine Awayes, Delaware HOSA State Vice President (Polytech High School)
  • Charnetia Young, Advisor, Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health (Representing HOSA-100 National Advisory Council)
  • Ann Powell, Director of Healthcare Policy and Advocacy, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems (Member of HOSA-100 National Advisory Council)

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the third Commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, on the theme “Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development” Science.

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science. The Forum helped to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and to further gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The Priority Forum Theme of the 2018 International Day of Women and Girls in Science:

Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development:

  • Review of relevant United Nations plans and programs of action pertaining to the situation of Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Understanding Equality and Parity in Science through capacity building, cooperation and data governance (gap in statistics, data to address policy concern, stakeholder coordination, data sharing/exchange, etc.
  • Women in Science in Peacekeeping

Emerging Issue: Promoting Integrated Policies for Equality and Parity in Science for Achieving Implementation of the 2030 Agenda through a “One UN” lens.

More information on the 2030 Agenda.


Attendees on HOSA’s behalf had the opportunity to interact with many dignitaries.

HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite,  visits with Delaware HOSA State President Katherine Ammann and Ann Powell, Johnson & Johnson Director and HOSA-100 National Advisory Council Member, visit about HOSA and the Forum priorities.

Dr. El-Hashemite is from the Hashemite Family, the holiest family among the Arab World and a direct descendent of the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed.  Princess Nisreen is the granddaughter of King Faisal Bin El-Sharif Hussein, the first King of Iraq and founder of the Modern State of Iraq where the Iraqi Nation became united under his democratic values implemented through education, tolerance, respect for one another, and upholding good relations between neighboring and international countries.

Following in the steps of her ancestors and vowing to preserve the traditions of her family; not only Princess Dr. Nisreen dedicated herself to serving mankind, but also is an internationally recognized medical doctor and scientist and awards achiever in the fields of science, arts, literature, and humanitarian affairs.  She is the first Royal Princess in the world to be qualified in science and medicine, with a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science, Medical Doctorate and a PhD in Human Genetics.

In 2007, Princess Nisreen left her scientific career at Harvard Medical School, which she adores to devote herself for serving Science Technology & Medicine Education and Research in the world, throughout RASIT and its programs.  She is now working on establishing an International Institute of Medicine and Public Health for Science and Innovation in the MENA Region. She also is working on serving the children and women of Iraq and whoever is in need for help.

HOSA members also met officials who want to visit about internships, exchange programs and finding ways to get involved with HOSA-Future Health Professionals:

Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development, UN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Other new friends to HOSA:

H.E. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, the Republic of Malta



  • Patricia Cornet, Director, Global Scientific Societies and Cooperative Groups, Medical Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Vice-President and Co-Founder, Women of Color in Pharma
  • Hon. Prof. Nkandu Luo, MP, Ministy of Higher Education, Republic of Zambia