Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today stressed the need for global efforts in changing the mindset of all so that more women and girls can excel in science.
She also urged women to act as an agent for change in this regard.
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“It is unfortunate that women represent only 12 percent of scientists and 30 percent of researchers globally. We must work to address the barriers in mindsets and learning environments to allow more women and girls to excel in science,” she said.
In a video statement at the 8th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly held at the UN Headquarters, New York, the USA, the prime minister said, “The women and girls in science and technology must remember that they are not alone. The steps they take would help open the door further for their sisters around the world.”
In Bangladesh, she said they have made it a priority to have women and girls lead in every sphere.
“Our women are doing very well in the field of research and higher education. Scholarships are being given to girls to carry out research in agriculture, industry, health, science, art, information technology — all the fields,” she said.
Celebrating women in STEM
To encourage girls, she said her government has established 5,275 digital centers across the country from where a girl and a boy entrepreneurs are providing 200 types of services.
Describing measures taken by her government, she said they have established science and technology universities nationwide to ensure easy access to those for Bangladeshi boys and girls.
The prime minister said the hi-tech parks have created an inclusive environment where the girls can thrive alongside the boys.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science began as a resolution by the United Nations in 2015. The mission was to address the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields by celebrating the contributions and achievements of women in science.
“Today, we celebrate the women and girls who are making important contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” the PM added.