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Vuniwaqa Lauds STEM Summer Camp For Girls

Ms Vuniwaqa highlighted that up to 3000 girls around the world would have attended a STEM summer camp between 2013 and 2017 and each year the numbers are growing to achieve gender parity.
04 May 2019 02:19
Vuniwaqa Lauds STEM Summer Camp For Girls
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with participants during the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Summer Camp on May 2, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Around 30 young girls were handed their certificates by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa while gradu­ating from STEM Summer Camp 2019 on Thursday.

STEM stands for Science, Technol­ogy, Engineering and Mathematics and the week-long programme saw five local female trainers teaching in STEM fields who administered the camp with the NanoGirl Labs team.

Speaking at the event, Minister Vuniwaqa applauded Graduate Women Fiji for this programme and noted it to be very timely.

“I wish to thank the Fiji Women’s Fund for funding the STEM Sum­mer Camp for Girls and Graduate Women Fiji for making this mile­stone event possible through their commitment to change the game for women and girls in STEM fields through their networking and inno­vative programmes,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“Women have made significant contributions to science, technol­ogy and innovation from the earli­est times but despite this, we lag far behind men as a share of the work­force in most STEM professions, even as demand for those skills in­creases in order to help Fiji remain globally competitive.”

Ms Vuniwaqa highlighted that up to 3000 girls around the world would have attended a STEM summer camp between 2013 and 2017 and each year the numbers are growing to achieve gender parity.

“Fiji as a nation has progressed radically over the past decade, and evidently the Fijian Government has strongly committed itself to­wards women’s equal participation in nation building through legisla­tive reforms, laws, policies, partner­ships and programmes,” Ms Vuni­waqa stated.

“It is my Ministry’s pledge that we will support the work of the Civil Society organisations and Govern­ment alike in advocating for a bet­ter, more equitable space for women and girls in STEM because every as­pect of women’s equal rights, wom­en’s economic empowerment, and women’s holistic development is crucial to our progress as a people.”

Ms Vuniwaqa urged stronger ef­forts by schools and tech companies to hire and retain women in STEM jobs and to address the issues that can cause them to leave the field and also challenged the graduates to be the best in their STEM field.

Source: DEPTFO News

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