Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

From TCNEWS

A psychiatrist practising in the United Kingdom, Dr. Mrs Gloria Harrison, has called on the government, parents and the Nigerian community to create a supportive environment in which girls feel encouraged to pursue their interests in science and to overcome any barriers they may face.

Interacting with our correspondent through WhatsApp chat on the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science is, which has the theme, “Women in Science Leadership: A new Era for Sustainability”, the medical expert who is also from the Harrison Goodness Foundation, HGF Directorate, a charity organization, posited that providing mentorship, scholarships, and access to resources would help pave the way for more girls to enter and thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM fields.

Mrs Harrison, who expounded the activities of HGF, its scholarship scheme for girls in science courses, pointed out that International Day of Women and Girls in Science, should also serve as an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

Her words,  “The International Day of the Girl Child in Science serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of empowering and supporting girls and women in STEM. Celebrating the day also serves as a call to action for governments, educational institutions, and organizations to create policies and initiatives that promote gender equality in STEM education and careers. By fostering an inclusive and diverse STEM community, society can benefit from the contributions and innovations of women in these fields”.

Dr. Mrs Gloria Harrison.

The Psychiatrist who further called for the promotion of gender equality and provision of opportunities for girls to pursue their interests in science, maintained that these would help build a more equitable and innovative future for all.

Mrs Harrison used the forum to remember and appreciate the contributions of women in STEM, which she described as invaluable.

She said, “celebrating their achievements can inspire the next generation of female scientists and innovators”.

On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly decided to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology, through Resolution A/RES/70/212.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women, in collaboration institutions and civil society partners serves as an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

By NWAMARA

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