Story By: Abdul-Hakim Zakaria || Sanatu Zambang
It seems there is going to be better days ahead for female lecturers and senior staff of the University for Development Studies as they launched their branch of WiSTEM.
WiSTEM is a group of females from multidisciplinary fields who are working in or are interested in the areas of STEM (i. e. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Officially inaugurated in 2016, the group provides platform for women in the stated areas above to connect, share ideas and strengthen the course of championing the welfare of women in STEM.
Our communities have created the stereotypes leaving many with the perception that the sciences and mathematics are for men.
WiSTEM has since its establishment, given many females reasons to pursue STEM and encouraging them to stand firmly and compete with their colleague genders for academic and professional excellence.
As a local branch of the national group of WiSTEM, the UDS chapter will work hard to fulfill the aim of the mother association. That is to inspire, motivate, mentor and maintain the next generation of women in STEM careers. They shall deliver capacity building training to members and young ones through mentorship, career guidance and leadership trainings.
The UDS WiSTEM chapter recently opened a call for young females to join their young cells which is a youth version of the mother association. Members in the Young Cells will be mentored and nurtured to reach for greater heights.
At the launch of the UDS chapter on Wednesday August 11, members discussed hindrances to women development and how they can break those stereotypes and barriers. They did not leave the fact of the challenges associated therein.
Professor Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic who was the Keynote Speaker at the launching, also advised members to support one another to climb to the efforts. She said they have to come together if they want to see results.
This association will mean that, women will have a platform to address challenges pertaining to their gender and other general problems and give supporting hands to young ones. This will in fact, give the youth a reason to keep on and people to look up to.
In recent times, Ghana’s Premier University; University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as well as the University of Energy and Natural Resources have had women as Vice Chancellors. Can this be the case of the University for Development Studies any soon?