Women are still underrepresented in science and technology in most countries across the globe. Nonetheless, there are women who persist and become pioneers in their chosen field. This year, in honour of Science and Tech, you can celebrate women around the world who break barriers in STEM fields.
Dr. Segenet Kelemu, originally from Ethiopia, is currently a plant pathologist and ecologist in Nairobi. As a student, she won a scholarship that brought her to the United States to get her doctorate. She dedicates her work to helping the community by solving complex issues like food shortages in Africa. In 2014, she received a L’Oréal-UNESCO award for women in science.
Dr. Sanaa Sharafeddine is a professor of computer science at the Lebanese American University. She struggled against gender norms as a child in Lebanon but kept fighting to follow her dream of becoming a scientist.
Odile Ineza is currently studying engineering surveying in Rwanda. While she was growing up in a poor family in the Eastern Province, she lost her mother and then her father was diagnosed with HIV. After graduating from secondary school, Ineza spent a year out of school working odd jobs to support her family. With the help of a comprehensive scholarship from Beautiful World Canada she is now on the fast track to reaching her goals!