Gender equality in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—has been promoted by Chief Uche Nnaji, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology.
In honor of this year’s International Day for Women and Girls in Science, which is titled “Women and Girls in Science Leadership — a New Era for Sustainability,” he made the plea during his speech on Sunday.
“Gender equality in STEM, remains an elusive goal, as women are usually relegated to the background on key STEM issues,” the speaker remarked, despite progress made.
“To harness the transformative power of Science and Technology, we must ensure that every voice, regardless of gender, is heard and valued,” he said, making a case for equality.
He gave females hope for a career in science confidence by telling them that their intelligence, enthusiasm, and curiosity mattered and that they “are not just scientists of tomorrow, but the scientists of today.”
He urged women who are already breaking new ground in science to keep in mind how crucial it is to support one another while they ascend.
He agreed that the next generation of female scientists may achieve even greater things as a result of their activism, support, and mentoring.
Nnaji demanded the establishment of an atmosphere that gives every woman and girl the confidence to follow their passion for learning and exploration.
“Let’s break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create pathways for everyone to succeed,” he remarked.