Women and girls in science: Inspiring a new era of leadership for sustainability

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Yearly, IITACGIAR organizes a special event to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS). This year, the event was held on 12 February and was themed “Women and Girls in Science Leadership – Inspiring a New Era of Leadership for Sustainability.” The event brought together secondary school students from the IITA International School, research fellows, and other Institute staff to celebrate the achievements of women in science and raise awareness about the potential of women and girls in the field. IITA People and Culture Manager for Talent Management and Engagement, Lade Oke, moderated the session.

IITA People and Culture Unit Head Lilian Mendoza delivered the opening remarks. She encouraged women and girls in science to learn from the presentations and continue to pursue their passion, as they are the future scientists and leaders of IITA.

Representing IITA Deputy Director General, Cooperate Services (DDG-CS), Hilde Koper, Facilities Management Service Head Waheed Quader commended IITA for organizing an event that brings women and girls together to discuss science. He highlighted that women make up less than 30% of the workforce in science, expressing uncertainty about the reasons behind this disparity and urging women to increase their participation in the field.

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