Today, February 11, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in line with the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/212,
The theme for this year is “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for inclusive Green Growth.
The event celebrates leading women in Science, their courage, bravery and contributions in bringing solutions to humanity through innovation, creativity and critical thinking across the World.
According to the United Nations Scientific Education and Cultural organization (UNESCO), less than 30% of researchers worldwide are females and approximately 30% of female students study Science Technology Engineering and Manufacturing (STEM) -related courses in higher institutions.
Job opportunities in the 21st century and beyond are driven by Technology and Innovation, making it imperative that the gender gap in the area of STEM has to be bridged.
A foremost Non Governmental Organisation, the Monu Olarewaju Foundation, MOF, since inception in 2003, has been involved in sensitization and implementation of programs and projects aimed at unlocking the potentials of women and girls in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
The Founder and Initiator of the Foundation, Honourable Barr. (Mrs) Chinwe Monu – Olarewaju, has reached out to over 5000 women, young and old, with her empowerment scheme for widows, job creation program for women, skills acquisition for unemployed female youth, scholarships and contests for secondary school students in the six geopolitical zones.
She has also donated Law books to Final Year Law Students in the Delta State University to help them finish well in the Law School.
As the world celebrates Women and Girls in Science, MOF advocates more inclusiveness and access to SHE in Science, and congratulates Women and Girls inspiring, saving and changing lives in Science.
The Foundation calls on government at all levels, the private sector, educators, parents and all critical stakeholders to remove the barriers to women and girls fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.
Meanwhile, the Monu – Olarewaju Foundation has donated science educational materials, including text books and laptops, to some schools in the Federal Capital Terrotory, Abuja, in commemoration of this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The beneficiaries are Bwari Central Secondary School, as well as secondary schools in Kuje and Usherfer Area Councils.