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International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 2021 “Women Scientific at the forefront of fight against COVID-19”

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, is implemented by UNESCO and UN Women in collaboration institutions and civil society partners that aim to promote women and girls in science.

This Day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO, and the support of young girls, their education and their full ability to make their ideas heard are levers for development and peace.

Tackling some of the greatest challenges of the Agenda for Sustainable Development — from improving health to combating climate change — will rely on harnessing all talent. That means getting more women working in these fields. Diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021 Theme:  According to the United Nations, the theme of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 2021 “Women Scientific at the forefront of fight against COVID-19”

Via her tweeter wall, Rwanda Minister of agriculture and animal resources Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana wished all women both known and unknown their role in transforming the world into a better place,

“Today is Women in Science Day Let’s celebrate all ladies out there, known and unrecognized ones who are working hard to make the world a better place.” Minister said

In agriculture sector in Rwanda, we have young people who continue to be involved in technology and science.

In line with reducing imports of fruits, ensuring food security and for climate change mitigation in Rwanda our young agripreneurs are adopting modern fruit farming in agribusiness.

Danna Zoubeda, 23 Rwandese is one of youngest women student agripreneurs at UNILAK in faculty of Environmental Management Conservation is preparing to become a millionaires through growing fruit seedling nursery for mangoes, oranges and lemon. A new venture that will shaping her livelihoods and family.

She spoke to the RYAF Communication team and told us what she thought of it on The International Day of Women and Girls in Science

According to her : Women in science day is here to remind us that , we are strong and brave enough to join stem to bring solutions in this world As a young girl its crucial to see other women joining as a day goes on. Empowering and encouraging women in STEM will help to find solutions to the global challenges.

What do think the world needs science, and science needs women and girls focused on the agriculture sector?

This world needs a lot of women in science because like in our sector women are very linked to the environment and agriculture as well than men (ecofeminism) so this will boost our community to achieve sustainable development.

What advice would you give to encourage women and girls to participate in science?

is to do the advocacy to young girls to join science to get the skills that will help Africa and all over the world just get curious to join tech it should be for boys only and I thank those who joined and driven to solutions like in this difficult we all know that women are the forefront now in this pandemic of COVID-19.

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