Girls' Education in STEM: Women on the Frontlines of Change

Girls' Education in STEM: Women on the Frontlines of Change

Girls' Education in STEM: Women on the Frontlines of Change

With the UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ now just a few weeks away, we will be releasing STEM-related content each week and invite you to enjoy and share them with your social networks.

This week, we’re profiling women who are making a real impact in science, tech, engineering and maths. If one or all of these women have inspired you, like they have us, share them as examples of amazing women who have excelled in STEM, using the hashtags #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls

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Mae Jemison, Astronaut

Mae Jemison, Astronaut

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Mae Jemison is a trailblazer. The first African-American woman ever to go into space, she served as a Mission Specialist on an eight day trip aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Her new mission is running The Earth We Share summer camps to inspire students from around the world to expand their horizons and explore careers in science, maths and technology. Find out more about Mae and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Mae to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience

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This is Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go to space. Faced with numerous obstacles, she never stopped striving to achieve her goal and now her mission is to make sure the next generation of girls in STEM also never give up on their dreams...“If you have a goal that is very very far out and you approach it in little steps, you find you start to get there faster. Your mind opens up to the possibilities.” Find out more about Mae and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Mae to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience

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When Mae Jemison told a teacher she wanted to be an astronaut, the teacher asked if she meant she wanted to be a nurse. Mae refused to let this stop her and in 1992 she became the first African-American woman to go to space, serving as a Mission Specialist on an eight day trip aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Find out more about Mae and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Mae to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience

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“Never be limited by other people’s imaginations”’ Mae Jemison #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

Meet Mae, the first African-American woman to go to space #WomenInSpace #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS


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Juliana Rotich, Technologist

Juliana Rotich, Technologist

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Meet Juliana. She’s a fierce believer in the power of technology to give a voice to marginalised people around the world. That’s why she co-founded an open-source software platform which enables citizens around the globe to report and map incidents of violence, natural disasters and other devastating crises. To date, over 25 million people in critical situations have been reached. Find out more about Juliana and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more leaders like Juliana to continue inspiring girls around the world to get into STEM. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInTech

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This is Juliana, Kenyan tech entrepreneur passionate about the power tech has to accelerate progress throughout Africa. She’s working to get as many people online as possible on a continent that faces unique connectivity challenges. She’s pushing the boundaries of what has been thought possible, recognising the value that reliable connectivity can bring to communities and economies. Find out more about Juliana and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more leaders like Juliana to continue inspiring girls around the world to get into STEM. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInTech

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“I remember reading about Mae Jemison, the astronaut. That was immensely fantastic to me. This woman went to the moon! I think we really need to have more of that in science and for young girls to be exposed early on so that they know it is an option . . . to go to the moon and beyond.” Juliana Rotich, technologist and passionate advocate for getting girls involved in STEM. Read more about Juliana, Mae and other inspiring women in STEM at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more leaders like Juliana to continue inspiring girls around the world to get into STEM. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInTech

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Juliana is a Kenyan woman in tech, passionate about what digital can do for girls in Africa #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

“It’s really important to show girls to dream big!” Juliana Rotich #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS


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Hayat Sindi, Biotechnologist

Hayat Sindi, Biotechnologist

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“I want all women to believe in themselves and know they can transform society”. Transforming societies is exactly what Hayat Sindi is doing as co-founder of nonprofit Diagnostics For All, which is bringing life-saving technology to the poorest and most remote communities in the world. Find out more about Hayat and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Hayat to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience #WomenInTech

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“When people tell me things are impossible, it just gives me energy.” That’s the message Hayat Sindi is sharing with young girls and women around the world. The first Saudi woman to go to Cambridge University to study biotechnology, Hayat isn’t content with her own success - she’s determined to inspire women to pursue their dreams no matter the obstacles society might put in their way. Find out more about Hayat and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Hayat to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience #WomenInTech

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“At schools the first thing I ask children to do is to draw a picture of a scientist, 99.9% of them draw an old bald man with glasses. When I tell them I’m a scientist they look so surprised.” Hayat Sindi, co-founder of a non-profit bringing life-saving medical diagnosis to some of the world’s poorest communities. Find out more about Hayat and other inspiring women http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS 

We need more pioneering women like Hayat to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience #WomenInTech

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“I want all women to believe in themselves and know they can transform society” Hayat Sindi #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

Hayat is a Saudi #WomanInScience developing tech that’s saving lives around the world #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS


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Fransiska Hadiwidjana, Informatics Engineer

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Fransiska is an Indonesian engineer and entrepreneur. Not content with winning numerous coding challenges, she’s taken on the traditionally male-dominated tech scene in South-East Asia and runs a successful start-up focused on empowering communities using environmentally-friendly technologies. Find out more about Fransiska and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more women like Fransiska to inspire the next generation of girls in tech to never give up on their dreams. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInTech #WomenInEngineering

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In a ruthlessly competitive start-up industry, Fransiska has broken boundaries with her innovative ideas and commitment to social responsibility in business. She refuses to let being a woman be a disadvantage and her company is flourishing. Find out more about Fransiska and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2uyYd8A

We need more women like Fransiska to inspire the next generation of girls in tech to never give up on their dreams. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInTech #WomenInEngineering

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Fransiska has been passionate about tech since she was 14. Today she runs her own e-commerce company #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

Fransiska didn’t let the male-dominant tech scene stop her. She’s a CEO empowering communities #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS


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Godliver Businge, Civil Engineer

Godliver Businge, Civil Engineer

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Few people have achieved as much as Godliver Businge did before the age of 35. She was the sole woman in her civil engineering class at university and graduated with the highest marks. Now, as head technology trainer for Global Women’s Water Initiative, she teaches women across Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya about construction, water sanitation and conservation. For her, the role is more than just teaching skills, it’s about empowering women: “When we teach women construction and then they are contracted to build a Ventilated Improved Pit latrine for example, they don’t have to ask their husbands to give them money anymore.” Find out more about Godliver and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Godliver to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInEngineering

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“In Uganda people used to think that construction, civil engineering and mechanical work were for men. I wanted to break this stereotype that certain jobs are for men and others are for women. I also wanted to show people that women can do the same things that men can do.” Find out more about Godliver and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Godliver to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInEngineering

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Growing up in rural Uganda, few people would have expected Godliver Businge to go to university, let alone achieve a PhD in civil engineering. Determined not to let gender stereotypes hold her back, she relentlessly pursued her dream and today is the head technology trainer for the Global Women’s Water Initiative. Oh, and did we mention she’s also proficient in brick-laying, carpentry, joinery and metal work?! Now that’s a serious skill-set! Find out more about Godliver and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more pioneering women like Godliver to encourage girls and women the world over to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInEngineering

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“I want to show people that women can do the same things that men can” Godliver Businge #CrackingTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

“In Uganda, women are being left behind. I want to make sure women are empowered” Godliver Businge #CrackingTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS


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Shaesta Waiz, Pilot

Shaesta Waiz, Pilot

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At just 30 years old, Shaesta is the first female civilian pilot from Afghanistan. Realising her future didn’t have to follow the traditional pattern of getting married at a young age and starting a family, Shaesta poured everything she had into aviation. “When I found my passion - flying - that's when I started to challenge myself. I started to read. I started to do better in maths. I started to look at the world differently.” Now, she helps other young women and minorities pursue an education in STEM and aviation through the Dreams Soar program. Find out more about Shaesta and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS 

We need more women like Shaesta to inspire the next generation of girls in tech to never give up on their dreams. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInEngineering

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This is Shaesta, the first female born Afghan pilot, currently aiming to become the youngest woman ever to fly around the world. Not much intimidates Shaesta - she was born in a refugee camp and has faced many challenges to get where she is today. On her epic journey, she wants to share her story of perseverance and is holding events and workshops to encourage girls to get involved in STEM. Find out more about Shaesta and other inspiring women at http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

We need more women like Shaesta to inspire the next generation of girls in tech to never give up on their dreams. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInEngineering

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Shaesta Waiz is flying around the world on a mission to get more girls involved in #STEM #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

“It is possible to achieve your dreams, regardless of the challenges & traditions you face” Shaesta Waiz #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

 

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Marcela Uliana da Silva, Biologist

Marcela Uliana da Silva, Biologist

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This is Marcela, a young Brazilian making waves in the microbiology field. An animal genome specialist, she is tackling one of the biggest threats to the Amazon River basin - the golden mussel - an invasive species that could dramatically alter the delicate balance of life in one of the world’s greatest rivers. Working to preserve biodiversity isn’t the only fight Marcela is committed to though, she’s also an outspoken advocate for tackling gender-imbalances in STEM. “We have a duty to fight for our girls and for future generations. Dialogue and education are important steps in making a better and more balanced world.”

We need more women like Marcela to challenge the status quo. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience

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The fact that gender inequality still exists across science, technology, engineering and maths is something that frustrates Marcela Uliana da Silva. An animal genome specialist working to solve some of the toughest biodiversity issues facing South America, she is committed to sharing her work with as wide an audience as possible, to encourage young girls to get into in science. “It is so important for women in science to show their work, to talk to people, especially to little girls, so that we can challenge the old perceptions.”

We need more women like Marcela to inspire the next generation of girls in tech to never give up on their dreams. That’s why UNESCO is hosting ‘Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM’ in Bangkok, 28-30 August. Find out more http://bit.ly/2seiliH #GirlsCrackTheCode #BrightGirls #WomenInScience

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This is Marcela. She’s fighting to preserve biodiversity and to get more girls into #STEM #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS

“We have a duty to fight for our girls and for future generations" Marcela Uliana da Silva #WomenInSTEM #GirlsCrackTheCode http://bit.ly/2wB2eKS


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