Women’s active role to ensure uplift targets: UNESCO

ISLAMABAD – Director UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and Pacific M Mohammad Djelid on Thursday stressed the need for provision of equal opportunities to men and women particularly in the field of science and technology for attaining sustainable growth.

He was addressing a Regional Training Workshop titled ‘Supporting Skills for Women Innovators’ jointly organised by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and Pacific here at PSF.

In his video-link address M Mohammad Djelid stressed the need of providing level playing field to both men and women as without the active participation of women the development targets could not be achieved. He also referred to the projects UNESCO was undertaking for gender equality and women empowerment in African countries.

Concluding his brief address to the participants of the workshop and highlighting the importance of women role UNESCO Director M Mohammad Djelid said; “world need science and science need women.”

In his welcome address to the participants of the workshop, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation Prof Dr Shahid Baig said that no one could deny the role of women in the overall development of any country.

Chairman PSF said that women scientists’ contribution toward the development of the country is remarkable, adding that it was heartening to note that this role was increasing by every passing day.

Moreover, the women participation in every sphere of life has been increasing especially, “we are witnessing the enhanced role of women in leadership positions in various fields.”

Prof Dr Shahid Baig hoped that such workshops and training courses would go a long way in capacity building of the women entrepreneurs in different fields. 

Later, during the training session Dr. Aftab Ahmad Chattha, President National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan gave a presentation on ‘Innovation and Biotechnology.’

Dr Aftab Ahmad Chattha called upon the young scientists, especially women scientists to adopt problem solving skills and use innovative solutions to the ever-emerging challenges as it was the only way to transform country’s economy knowledge-based. 

Dr Chattha stressed the need of close collaboration between the industrial sector and academia to come up with the more plausible solutions to the problems facing the industrial sector which would ultimately lead to strengthen the national economy. 

Two young women entrepreneurs Dr Bushara owner of B J Micro Lab and Ms Sadaf Shaheen Awan, Software House Developer, shared their success stories with the participants of the workshop.

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