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The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will host female learners at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg on Monday, 11 February 2019 to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The United Nations has declared 11 February as the annual UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the low levels of female participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Globally, only about 30 percent of female students pursue careers in STEM, and it is hoped that UNESCO’s initiative will help to change this and enable more women and girls to gain access to quality education.

The theme for this year’s event is “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”.

To mark the occasion, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane will be joined by Prof. Philiswa Nomngongo, a South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA) winner, and 170 female learners.

Prof. Nomngongo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg. In 2017, she received a SAWiSA award under the category of Distinguished Young Woman Researchers in Natural and Engineering Sciences.

SAWiSA is an integral part of South Africa’s annual Women’s Month celebrations, recognising and rewarding excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profiling them as role models for younger women.

UNESCO’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science will be celebrated through an exhibition tour and South African National Space Agency outreach targeting girl learners.

Details of the event:
Date:           Monday, 11 February 2019
Venue:  Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Helen Joseph Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Time:           12:00 – 14:00

Enquiries:
Thabang Setlhare at thabang.setlhare@dst.gov.za or 072 659 9690
Julian Leshilo at julian.leshilo@dst.gov.za or 060 9612194

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology

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