Women and Girls in Science is key to breaking gender stereotyping of roles
As the world marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February it is crucial to demand inclusion of women in the science to achieve gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals. Humana People to People is for inclusion of girls and young women in education.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology that their participation should be strengthened. The celebration is led by UNESCO and UN-Women, in collaboration with institutions and civil society partners that promote women and girls' access to and participation in science.
Humana People to People is for the active participation of women and girls inorder to bring in other science research perspectives which can advance humanity. Women and girls continue being excluded from participating fully in science: a UNESCO background paper on women and girls in science shows that less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women.
Tackling some of the greatest challenges of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, from improving health to combating climate change will rely on harnessing all talent. That means getting more women working in these fields. Diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity.
The members of Humana People to People in India and Mozambique are empowering girls and women to acquire confidence and venture in male dominated science fields. The starting point is to inspire girls to stay in school in marginalized and rural communities. Measures being taken build an enabling environment for equal participation of the women and girls and thus actions on addressing gender imbalance. The Humana People to People members improve the learning environment at the local schools by strengthening their water and sanitation conditions and by sensitizing teachers, students, and school council and community members about gender issues, including gender roles and stereotypes, violence against women and girls, sexual abuse and bullying, thereby making schools safer, healthier and more child-friendly.
ADPP Mozambique is running a programme benefiting 3 250 girls to remain in school, finish their primary education and transit to secondary education. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding the programme. The programme’s scholarship support initiative is making it possible for girls to pursue their dream of education.
Humana People to People India is running a similar programme called Girls’ Bridge Education Course in Rajasthan and Haryana states with an aim to educate out of school girls of the 9 to 14 years age group and enroll them in the main stream education. Besides mitigating gender disparity and preventing girls from dropping out of school, the Girls Bridge Course is providing skills training. Young girls are given a chance to carry out science education among other principal subjects. A second programme called “Illam Mottukal” is raising the quality of girls education in two districts of Tamil Nadu state of India providing remedial training to more than 8 000 girls as well as building capacity of 243 teachers involved with the programme. Each year science fairs are conducted with full participation of the “Illam Mottukal” girls who have come up with science inspired basic solutions to some everyday life matters such as models on how to clean dirty water, low-cost models to sun drying vegetables among others.