WIN-Nigeria Celebrates 2022 International Women’s Day In Style

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The excitement and frills in the air were palpable as Women in Nuclear (WiN), Nigeria chapter stormed Government Secondary School, Area 10, Garki-Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with the theme: “Gender Equality Today For A Sustainable Tomorrow #BreakTheBias”

Colourfully adorned in their Black T-Shirts on jeans trousers with Black face caps to match, the WIN-Nigeria members took the message of hope and a brighter future to the thoroughly excited girls’ students and their teachers.

Indeed, it was a situation of taking to the next level its advocacy and awareness-raising on the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and radiation application to mankind as the WIN-Nigeria Interim President, Ms Chigoziri Ogechi Nwakanma, who led the delegation, challenged the girls not to take their gender for granted but strive to break all existing bias and barriers against them as great women of substance in their chosen career and fields as well as future leadership roles.

The organisation did not mince words telling the female students that with Nigeria’s national and economic development depending on science and technology innovation, one way of achieving this is to expand the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pipeline with an important focus on women and girls, who are historically underrepresented in STEM careers.

Addressing her audience on WIN-Nigeria’s sub-theme for the Women’s Day celebration, “Empowering Girls for gender equality in nuclear science and technology”, Nwakanma expressed the hope that the interaction will stimulate passion in the girls for STEM education that will lead them to careers in the many fields of nuclear science and technology

Importantly, Nwakanma said WiN encourages young girls to be interested and excited about STEM subjects, noting thus: “It is important that girls learn STEM, starting from the nursery. The world needs more women scientists, engineers, medical professionals, architects, technology innovators, etc. It all starts with early education.”

In her presentation at the occasion, the WIN-Nigeria Interim Welfare Officer and World Institute for Nuclear Security Ambassador, Ms Comfort Offornedu said as students taking courses in Science, Technology,  Engineering or Mathematics (STEM), the girls are free to exercise what you learn and embrace their mistakes in a risk-free environment while also engaging in Project-based learning and problem-solving that will help them to form a special mindset.

Speaking on “MY EXPERIENCE AS A WOMAN IN STEM AND MY ADVICE TO THE UPCOMING ONES”, Offornedu, who is also a Fellow Radiation Technologies, World Nuclear University (WNU), explained that STEM education will provide the students with a skills-set that make them employable and ready to meet the current demands of the Labour Market.

For her, embracing STEM gives a student an in-depth understanding of the world around you; helps you to become better at research and critical thinking; prepares young people to work in an environment full of high-tech innovations; allows students to enhance problem-solving skills and apply knowledge in new projects; enables the students to analyse information, eliminate errors, and make conscious decisions when designing solutions; prepares professionals who can transform society with innovation and sustainable solutions; and motivates and inspires young people to generate new technologies and ideas.

In his remarks welcoming the WIN-Nigeria team, the School Principal and Deputy Director, FCT Secondary Education Board, Abubakar Saidu thanked them for creating time and finding it needful to engage the students on issues around STEM Education.

He expressed the hope that the partnership would continue to grow going forward while the students would hold dear to their hearts lessons learnt from the IWD’s engagement

On her part, the WIN-Nigeria Interim Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ms Sandra Ogbonna said special thanks go to every woman working towards the empowerment and emancipation of the womenfolk through active global conversation around this year’s IWD theme.

She noted that given the connection between education and empowerment, it is crucial for girls and women to be bold in their “choice of careers and understand that the world is indeed ours.”

The WIN-Nigeria spokeswoman lauded the School Management for granting them the opportunity to engage the female students as well as all the speakers for their heartfelt contributions, stressing that; “All women and all girls can become leaders in science. Education has no gender as knowledge is for all.”

The day’s activities featured an outreach programme; Talks on STEM Education and Nuclear Energy & Radiation Application; An interactive questions and answers session; Presentation of gifts, cultural display, and a group photograph with the students among others.

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