Today, on February 11th, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day serves to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as to promote greater gender equality in these areas.

The importance of women and girls in STEM cannot be overstated, as their contributions are crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations’ 17 SDGs provide a roadmap for a better and more sustainable future for all, and STEM plays a critical role in achieving these goals.

In Ghana, women and girls are making significant contributions to STEM and sustainable development. Many women and girls in STEM fields in Ghana are creating innovative solutions to some of the country’s biggest challenges, such as access to clean water and energy, food security, and healthcare. In addition, many women and girls are also entrepreneurs and business owners in the science and technology sector, contributing to the country’s economy and helping to create new jobs and opportunities.

One such example is Dr. Grace Bediako, a Ghanaian scientist and researcher who is leading the way in developing sustainable solutions for the country’s agricultural sector. She is the founder of the Agri-Tech Hub, which supports small-scale farmers by providing access to cutting-edge technologies, training, and resources. Through her work, Dr. Bediako is helping to increase food security and reduce poverty in rural communities across Ghana.

JA Ghana’s very own National Business Pitch Competition saw students from Serwaa Kesse Girls Senior High School pitch a product that will convert solar energy into electrical energy for clean cooking, and to power electrical appliances. Through their ideas and projects, these students are not only showcasing the boundless potential of entrepreneurship in Ghana but also highlighting the need for continued support and investment in the youth of Ghana in sustainable solutions to our daily activities.

Team Seksolin presents their solar powered cooking device.

Another inspiring example is Edna Adan Ismail, a former First Lady of Somaliland who founded the Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland. The hospital provides quality healthcare services to women and children in the region and trains the next generation of healthcare professionals. Edna’s work has been instrumental in reducing maternal and child mortality rates in Somaliland, contributing to the SDG 3 of Good Health and Well-being.

Women like Dr. Bediako and Edna Adan Ismail are making a real difference in Ghana and around the world. They are proof that women and girls can and should play a significant role in STEM fields and sustainable development.

In conclusion, as we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let us recognize and support the contributions of women and girls in STEM and sustainable development. Let us encourage more girls to pursue careers in STEM fields, and let us provide the necessary resources and support to help them succeed. Together, we can create a more equal and sustainable future for all.