In commemoration of the 2019 International Day of Women and Girls in Science themed ‘Investment in Women in Science for Inclusive Green Growth’, a delegation of our female engineers mentored female pupils in one of the Oando Foundation adopted primary schools, Archbishop Taylor Primary School, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In order to achieve full and equal access to, and participation in science for women and girls, as well as push the gender equality and female empowerment agenda, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 11 February of every year as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. According to the United Nations (UN), “a significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Although women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still underrepresented in these fields.”
The session focused on the role and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the world. The female engineers further mentored the girls on why they are passionate about STEM and proud to have built successful careers in it. The aim of the programme was to provide a platform for the female engineers to engage female pupils towards considering and embracing STEM subjects for a future career in STEM by sharing real life and relatable stories that would inspire the young girls.