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Model Women in “STEM”, Achieving Gender Equity and Driving Forward Progress

Haffiya Abdalla

Girls and women are systematically tracked away from science and math throughout their education, limiting their access, preparation, and opportunities to go into these fields as adults.

Women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. The gender gaps are particularly high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering.

The U.S Embassy in Khartoum in collaboration with the University of Khartoum organized on March 26, 2022 “Model Women in STEM at Turabi Hall, Faculty of Engineering to celebrate outstanding role models during Women’s History Month.

Vice-Chancellor, University of Khartoum, Prof. Fadwa Abdel Rahman Ali Taha said girls must be providing equal opportunities in education, so we have to achieve gender equity in access to education.

Girls face many challenges after graduating from universities in choosing faculties for science, engineering, and mathematics, and they must face these challenges to keep pace with development, as in other countries.

Cynthia Faby, the Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum said it’s important to acknowledge the worldwide progress made in providing girls with equal opportunities in education. While this growth is worthy of celebration, a gender gap in education persists with men continuing to be more educated than women around the world.

“Achieving true gender equity is a complex challenge requiring progress and collaboration in social, political, economic, and educational spheres. One possible solution in achieving gender equity in education lies in offering girls robust educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or STEM fields. A strong foundation in STEM provides girls with a unique skill set that builds their ability to be creative and become global problem solvers ” she said. Educating girls to become the creators rather than the consumers of these technologies increases their future employment prospects.

The Public Affairs officer stated that Girls are capable of not only contributing diverse perspectives to the field but also bringing unique experiences and skills.

Adding that giving girls access to STEM education must continue, and while challenging at times, the benefits are enormous. “We can build on the progress already made toward a gender-equal world where every girl is born with limitless opportunities to thrive, both as individuals and within their communities “, Cynthia concluded.

The event recap of brainstorming sessions/messages of empowering women in STEM fields and interactive discussion with the audience, besides, a presentation on two Sudanese females in STEM careers.

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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According to Africa4Her, no field or profession should be out of reach to women. Increasing the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) not only catalyzes economic growth and productivity but also contributes to women’s empowerment and gender equity as a whole.

Achieving equity for women in STEM fields requires addressing barriers to entry, retention, and promotion, overcoming stereotypes in girls’ STEM education, as well as increasing access to STEM education and mentorship from the earliest ages.

Together, let’s stand up for women’s inclusion in these fields. Strong women make for a strong future for all of us. Use the resources below to join Africa4Her and make a stand for women today.

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