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IWD: Afro-Tech girls promises support for women, girls in STEM

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To commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) Afro-Tech Girls, a non-profit organisation has promised to ensure females are equipped with the skills required to compete and contribute immensely in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related careers.

Co-founder of the group, Adeola Shosanya, who disclosed this at a recent conference, in partnership with IHS Nigeria, to commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science themed, ‘Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, ’ showed appreciation to organisations like IHS Nigeria for their commitment to improve STEM outcomes in Nigeria particularly among young girls.

The conference hosted female speakers from the medical, science and technology sectors to an interactive session with over 100 participants in attendance online and a further 100 girls from public secondary schools watching from their classrooms. The event was also used as a soft launch of a longer-term partnership between Afro-Tech Girls and IHS Nigeria.

The theme of the event reinforced present challenges associated with the current pandemic and highlighted how women in science are currently playing a critical role in addressing these challenges.

Speakers at the event included Dr. Ngozi Onyia, Cima Sholotan, Yetunde Adewunmi, Dr. Mobola Oyefule, Medical Doctor, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; Dr. Kemi Ezenwanne, Jessica Uwoghiren and Gloria Okereke.

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