Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Champions Women in Science: A Vision for Inclusive Technological Progress and Gender Equality

In a compelling statement on Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina underscored the global imperative for implementing effective policies and establishing institutions that facilitate young women’s pursuit of careers in science and technology. Emphasizing the need for increased female representation in these fields, she articulated the importance of fostering an environment conducive to young women choosing careers in science and technology for a just, inclusive, and sustainable future.

Prime Minister Hasina, in a video address broadcasted during the 9th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, expressed her commitment to promoting women in science to leadership positions. Pledging personal dedication to advancing the work of women scientists in Bangladesh, she highlighted initiatives to digitally empower women and girls across the country, providing dedicated training for young women to flourish as IT freelancers.

Delighted by the vibrant presence of women in the digital marketplace, Hasina also expressed her desire to witness transformative changes in the lives of young people with disabilities through digital inclusion. The government’s commitment extends to expanding technical and vocational education for women, ensuring their preparedness for the evolving landscape of work.

Prime Minister Hasina acknowledged the past disparity in female participation in higher education, particularly in science and technology, but noted significant improvements due to concerted efforts. In public universities in Bangladesh, approximately 40% of students are female, and in private universities, the figure stands at 30%. To further support women in these fields, the government ensures women receive preference in research and innovation grants, aligning with the vision of a ‘Smart Bangladesh.’

With a focus on fostering gender equality, Prime Minister Hasina reaffirmed her dedication to women’s and girls’ education in science and technology. The United Nations has long recognized the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines globally. Despite progress in women’s participation in higher education, under-representation persists in these fields. The UN considers gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls essential for economic development and achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This commitment is underscored by international resolutions, such as the 2011 report from the Commission on the Status of Women on access and participation of women and girls in education, training, and science and technology. Additionally, a 2013 General Assembly resolution on science, technology, and innovation for development acknowledges the imperative of full and equal access for women and girls, recognizing its pivotal role in achieving gender equality and empowerment.

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