Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research, Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi, has underscored the need to give women equal opportunities to pursue and thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers to narrow the gender gap.
Nabukwesi said women were continually being excluded from participating fully in science and technical fields as well as being underrepresented in STEM in university courses and careers that were male-dominated.
Statistics, according to the PS, indicate that on average, around 30 percent of the world’s researchers, while less than a third of female students choose to study higher education in subjects like mathematics and engineering.
Speaking on Thursday virtually while opening the 6th International Conference for Women in Science Without Borders at the University of Embu, the PS said STEM education was key for preparing students for the in-demand STEM careers of tomorrow.
He reported that advances in STEM had brought about improvements in many aspects of life such as health, agriculture, infrastructure, and renewable energy and it was time to take advantage of the ever-changing science, technology, and innovation space to ensure that no gender was left behind.