Uploaded by on February 13, 2020

The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World, OWSD, wants the Federal Government to address the inequality and gender bias that had been hindering women from venturing into science related disciplines.

The President of the Lagos Chapter of the organisation, Professor Joy Okpuzor made the demand at a News conference in Lagos.

She said that women have more to contribute to development of science if given an equal play field.

According to her, cultural beliefs which sees the woman as ending up in the kitchen made many parents stereotype the female children by choosing courses like Home Economics and others for them.

She said that the time has come for the country to think of how it would nurture it’s economic growth and development in an all inclusive manner.

The OWSD leader, urged government to firm up policies that would drive national development by searching for new sources of growth that would enhance economic and Environmental growth.

Professor Okpuzor said that the Nigerian chapter of OWSD has been encouraging young girls to take up courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

This year in Lagos, it is organising a competition for three thousand female secondary school girls in one hundred schools on the theme, Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth: A Necessity for Nigeria.

The Vice President of the Lagos Chapter, Dr. Bola Ade- Ademilua said that the completion would encourage young girls to read, develope self confidence and become aware of the numerous opportunities in science courses.

The Treasure, Dr. Adesalu Taofikat urged teachers of the students to coach them properly on how to source information on the theme for the competition.

She also encouraged members of OWSD to take time off the busy schedules and visit children in their schools and give them pep talks on opportunities in the sciences.

By Fabian Anawo.

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