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Symposium encourages female students in Obuasi to pursue STEM careers

Organised by AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine and the Ghana Institution of Engineering, Women in Engineering, the event aimed to promote the theme of 'Women and Girls in Science Leadership: A New Era of Sustainability.'

In a significant move towards fostering gender equality in the field of science, Christ the King Senior High School in Obuasi hosted a symposium in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024.

Organised by AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine and the Ghana Institution of Engineering, Women in Engineering, the event aimed to promote the theme of ‘Women and Girls in Science Leadership: A New Era of Sustainability.’

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an annual observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, seeks to champion the full and equal access and participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Distinguished speakers, including engineer Eric Broni, senior manager of Engineering at AngloGold Ashanti, shared engaging discussions and insights.

Engineer Broni stated, ‘We came to empower the girls to understand the significance of science and mathematics education. Some are afraid that science is a difficult subject, so we came to motivate and mentor them,’ emphasizing the need to guide and inspire the next generation of female scientists.

Encouraging the girls to be curious and diligent, Engineer Broni emphasized that although science is challenging, hard work can lead to the fulfilment of their dreams.

Engineer Linda Ofori Agyei Acheampong, chief geologist, Resource Evaluation at AngloGold Ashanti, shared her journey, urging young women not to be afraid to pursue science-related courses. She highlighted the progress in eradicating pay discrepancies between men and women in the workplace, emphasizing equal remuneration for female professionals.

Despite progress, challenges persist. Students expressed the need for better equipment for scientific experiments, and attendees passionately spoke about breaking stereotypes and embracing their capabilities in the male-dominated field of science.

The symposium concluded with a call to action – inspiring and empowering the women and girls in Obuasi to pursue their aspirations in science, marking a new era of sustainability and inclusivity in STEM fields.

Reporting by Jonathan Ofori, Ashanti Region

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