Despite efforts by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other women and girl related violence, the menace still remains a challenge in some parts of the country
Disclosing this on “Mmantam yi mu kasebo” on Ark Fm, the Regional Director for the Gender Ministry, Mrs. Joyce Adii, attributed the development to the failure of the citizenry to report cases on the menace to the necessary authorities for fear of being attacked.
Her disclosure comes on the back of this year’s International Day for Women and Girls in science, under the theme: “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”.
The day, which is celebrated on February11 every year, is set aside by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly towards achieving full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, as well as gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of efforts in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.
At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women and according to UNESCO data 2014 – 2016, only around 30 per cent of all female students select Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related fields in higher education.
Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT with 3 per cent, natural science, mathematics and statistics, five per cent and in engineering, manufacturing and construction 8 per cent.
Mrs. Joyce Adii however expressed optimism that women can achieve their goals and become great scientists if they are empowered.