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Namibia: More Women Urged to Enter Science Fields

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THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has called on organisations and individuals to support more women in the fields of science and technology.

The call was made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) representative to Namibia, Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum at this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science in Windhoek on Tuesday.

The event, organised the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 22 December 2015 and is commemorated on 11 February every year.

The purpose of the day is to affirm the vital role that women play in contributing to the global progress of science and technology, as well as to realise that women, although representing half of the world’s population, are often excluded from fully participating in the economy.

According to the resolution, women and girls working or training in any science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) field should be celebrated in an effort to promote equal access to full employment and decent work.

The resolution further maintains that women have a vital role to play in achieving sustainable development.

“Since its establishment, 11 February remains a day of debates, messages to advocate dismantling gender stereotypes in Stem and supporting the careers of women scientists and researchers,” stated Moussa-Elkadhum.