International Women’s Day 2021 - #WomenInScience Social Media Toolkit

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, and offers a key moment to bring attention to the important contributions of women to research and innovation for global health. PATH, DSW International, and the Global Health Technologies Coalition are partnering to conduct a social media campaign elevating the stories of women innovators for global health. During the week of International Women's Day (March 8-12), each day will be an opportunity to connect research and innovation to a health topic when women will be a focus.

This toolkit contains resources for highlighting women scientists, researchers, academics and health care workers - women innovators for global health - from a variety of geographies and health areas. We encourage you to share stories from your own collection or use ones from this toolkit. Don’t forget to use #WomenInScience to tag your posts and follow along with all the great stories from our partners around the world!

  • March 8: COVID-19 and other health security threats
  • March 9: HIV & AIDS
  • March 10: Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • March 11: Tuberculosis & Malaria
  • March 12: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Join us on social media as we raise our voices for the incredible work of #WomenInScience.

  • Primary hashtag: #WomenInScience
  • Secondary hashtag: #IWD2021

Campaign introductory messages

For #IWD2021, we’re highlighting #WomenInScience from around the world who are changing lives through their work driving improvements in #GlobalHealth. Join us March 8-12 to elevate & celebrate their achievements. 💉 ⚕️ 🧬 https://adobe.ly/3bGUQUt

Throughout #IWD2021 week, we're celebrating women scientists from around the 🌍 through our #WomenInScience campaign! Join us March 8-12 as we highlight women who are making their mark on research & innovation 🔬 for health. https://adobe.ly/3bGUQUt

👩‍🚀 👩🏼‍💻 👩🏿‍🔬 #DYK that only 33% of researchers worldwide are women? Join us throughout #IWD2021 week as we celebrate #WomenInScience globally whose important efforts are driving improvements in health. https://adobe.ly/3bGUQUt

March 8: COVID-19 and other health security threats

Introductory tweet: Today in recognition of #IWD2021, we’re celebrating female scientists who are leading the fight to defeat #COVID19 & other #healthsecurity threats. 👩🏿‍🔬 👩🏼‍🔬 👩🏽‍🔬 🥊 🦠 Join us all week long as we celebrate #WomeninScience driving #globalhealth progress. https://adobe.ly/3bGUQUt

Dineo Lioma: Meet South African scientist Dineo Lioma, who developed a #COVID19 diagnostic kit that delivers results more quickly than traditional lab tests.👩🏾‍🔬 Shout out to her & other #WomeninScience leading the fight against COVID-19. #IWD2021 #AfricaInnovates bit.ly/3aPr5lf

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan: From her days as a young researcher in India to her appointment as Chief Scientist at @WHO, @doctorsoumya has spent a career shattering glass ceilings. We applaud her & other #WomeninScience who are working to defeat #COVID19. 👩🏽‍🔬🔬🥊🦠#IWD2021 bit.ly/3k1rDr6

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy: On #IWD2021, 👏 👏🏽 👏🏾 to Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, another #WomeninScience hero. She & her @BCMGlobalHealth team developed an Emergency SmartPod shipping-contained based clinic designed for use during infectious disease outbreaks like #Ebola. bit.ly/3aQXd7Y

Nina Patel: As a lead researcher at @Novavax, Nina Patel is one of the #WomeninScience behind a new #COVID19 vaccine advancing toward authorization. Rising from humble beginnings to this leadership role, Nina has proved her own words: “Nothing is impossible.” bit.ly/2NC8m3B #IWD2021

March 9: HIV & AIDS

Introductory tweet: #WomenInScience are a force to be reckoned with. Today we’re highlighting women around the world who are contributing to the fight against #HIV/AIDS. Join us today and all week long as we celebrate inspiring women driving progress in #globalhealth. 👩🏿‍🔬⚕️🧪 https://adobe.ly/3bGUQU

Dr. Mampedi Bogoshi: By women for women: Through her work directing @IPMicrobicides' medical affairs division, Dr. Mampedi Bogoshi is helping develop #HIV prevention products for women worldwide. 👩‍🔬👩🏽‍🔬👩🏿‍🔬#WomenInScience #IWD2021 https://bit.ly/3ecYc4k

Dr. Linda Gail Bekker: .@LindaGailBekker stands as a reminder that lessons learned from the #HIV/AIDS pandemic about equitable access to treatment and the need for transparency, accountability, and protecting the most vulnerable applies in a time of #COVID19 too. #WomenInScience https://bit.ly/3bI2IVN

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi: #HIV co-discoverer and @NobelPrize winner, today we're highlighting Françoise Barré-Sinoussi who has dedicated her life to prioritizing science in the fight against #AIDS and to advocating for people living with HIV around the 🌎. #WomenInScience #IWD2021 https://bit.ly/37PVzlk

Dr Thandeka Moyo: “I want to be an inspiration for young African girls and women to know that it is possible to fulfill your dreams and passions," says Dr Thandeka Moyo, part of a research team at @nicd_sa working toward creating an #HIV vaccine. #WomenInScience #IWD2021 https://bit.ly/3qX7ghm

March 10: Neglected Tropical Diseases

Introductory tweet: Today we’re highlighting women scientists who are ending the neglect of tropical diseases like sleeping sickness and onchocerciasis, which impact billions of people. Follow #WomenInScience to learn how they’re working to #BeatNTDs. #IWD2021 👩🏼‍💻 👩🏿‍🔬 https://adobe.ly/3bGUQU

Hannah Wu: “I really believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to get health care & to live a more healthy life.” 💉🔬 Hannah Wu @Brownuniversity is working to develop a #vaccine against schistosomiasis. 👉 bit.ly/h_wu #WomenInScience #IWD2021 #BeatNTDs

Dr. Regina Ejemot-Nwadiar: Dr. Regina Ejemot-Nwadiar is dedicated to controlling river blindness (onchocerciasis) by working with affected communities in Cross River State, Nigeria to develop an affordable & sustainable treatment for all 👉 bit.ly/r_nwadiar #WomenInScience #IWD2021 #BeatNTDs

Dr. Monique Wasuna: ‘The neglect drives me: if I can do something that will alleviate the suffering, I’ve done something for mankind.’ ✊ @MoniqueWasunna, Director of @DNDi Africa who is devoted to advancing treatments for #NTDs. bit.ly/m_wasuna #WomenInScience #IWD2021

Molly Duman Scheel: Mosquitoes kill more than 1 million people annually and make countless others sick. 🦟 Molly Duman Scheel is developing a safe, yeast-based larvicide that can be used to combat mosquito-borne diseases. 👉 bit.ly/m_scheel #BeatNTDs #WomenInScience #IWD2021

March 11: Tuberculosis & Malaria

Introductory tweet: Today—as part of a week-long #IWD2021 campaign recognizing #WomeninScience advancing #globalhealth—we are celebrating female innovators working to #EndTB & #EndMalaria. 👩🏿‍🔬 👩🏼‍🔬 👩🏽‍🔬https://adobe.ly/3bGUQU

Dr. Katie Button-Simmons: To #EndMalaria we need #WomeninScience like Dr. Katie Button-Simmons. Katie is working to unlock the puzzle of how #malaria parasites evolve resistance.🦟By identifying genes that contribute, she hopes to pinpoint targets for drug development.💊bit.ly/3bA3MuS #IWD2021

Mireille Kamariza: Burundi-born @mkamariza2002 is breaking barriers in biotech & spurring solutions to #EndTB. She invented a portable diagnostic tool that could make it quicker & easier to identify #tuberculosis cases 🌍—showing the power of #WomeninScience. 👩🏿‍🔬💪🏿🔬bit.ly/2NRF54R #IWD2021

Tu Youyou: Tu Youyou has left an indelible mark on #globalhealth as the discoverer of artemisinin—a key compound used in #malaria treatments. Her work to #EndMalaria earned her the honor of being the 1st Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize.🏆#IWD2021 #WomeninScience bit.ly/3qS4LNq

Dr. Lydia Nakiyingi: Like many #WomeninScience, Dr. Lydia Nakiyingi of Uganda has faced challenges in a male-dominated field, but through perseverance & determination, she has become an internationally recognized researcher advancing diagnostics to #EndTB.👩🏿‍🔬🔬 bit.ly/2ZLsqTA #IWD2021

March 12: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Introductory tweet: Our focus today is on women scientists that are advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, developing innovative tools and systems to ensure no one is left behind. Follow along with #WomenInScience. 👩‍🚀 👩🏼‍💻 👩🏿‍🔬 #IWD2021 https://adobe.ly/3bGUQU

Zeda Rosenberg: Zeda Rosenberg, CEO and Founder @IPMicrobicides champions the development of health tools for women, by women. 🙋‍♀️ Find out more about her work leading the development of products that women can use to protect their #SRHR on their own terms 👉 https://bit.ly/3uIkErT #WomenInScience #IWD2021

Shiphrah Kuria: Reproductive maternal-child & adolescent health & HIV expert @AMREF, @shiphrah_kuria works at the intersection of #PRNDs, #SRHR & #GenderEquity. 💉 💊 More in this podcast 👉 bit.ly/s_kuria #WomenInScience #IWD2021

Jocelyn Brown and Florence Mwenifuumbo: Jocelyn Brown, an American researcher 🇺🇸, & Florence Mwenifumbo, a Malawi neonatal nurse🇲🇼, supported development of a simple, low-cost CPAP machine to help premature babies breathe better. 🤝More about this collaboration 👉 bit.ly/3dICmp6 #WomenInScience #IWD2021 #SRHR

Sumona Karjee Mishra: More than 10 million pregnant women worldwide suffer from preeclampsia. Having suffered from the condition, @KarjeeSumona developed two simple and affordable devices to help in the early diagnosis of this condition 👉 bit.ly/s_mishra #WomenInScience #IWD2021 #SRHR