Kareem's Pick Blog celebrates International Day for Women and Girls In Science
In our tradition of celebrating special days, Kareem's Pick Blog joins millions all over the world to mark and celebrate the #InternationalDayOfWomenAndGirlsInScience.
A day set aside by the #UnitedNations to celebrate the great women who that have made their marks in science and also to look at how to scale up women and girls' involvement in science
I am also happy to associate myself with my dear wife, +NafisatAliyu, who is a genetics and breeding scientist.
According to the UN "Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort 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. According to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students' enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).
Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields. As in the real world, the world on screen reflects similar biases—the 2015 Gender Bias Without Borders study by the Geena Davis Institute showed that of the onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job, only 12 per cent were women.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution
One of such women is Professor Alele-Williams,the first Nigerian female to earn a PhD, in #Mathermatics.
Another great female scientists is Professor Nneka Okeke of the department of physics and astronomy University of Nigeria Nsuka is the winner of L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award.
One must celebrate Professor Ayoka Olufunmilayo Adebambo who is the first graduate of Animal Breeding and Genetics in Nigeria She is currently the Director, Biotechnology Center Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and Project Leader of FUNAAP Poultry Breeds and Development.
We can't afford to ignore Professor Adenike Oyinlola Osofisan, the first Nigerian female to hold a doctorate in Computer Science and first female professor of Computer Science.
All kudos to Professor Folasade Ogunsola, Nigeria's renowned medical scientist renowned for treatment and control of HIV/AIDS.