Mrs. Priscilla Chidinma Otti, the First Lady of Abia State has lauded the Organisation for Women in Science, OWSD’s in their efforts to encourage young girls to pursue science-related subjects.

Mrs Otti made made this known while speaking at the 4th Biennial Conference of the South East Zone of the Organisation taking place at the Abia State University, Uturu.

The event, with the theme “Women in Science: Changing the Narratives through Innovation and Technology,” aims to highlight and promote the contributions of women in science.

Mrs Otti who was Represented by Mrs. Ngozi Felix, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, urged OWSD to develop effective strategies that could be adopted by governments and educational institutions in the Southeast to promote STEM education for girls. These strategies could include offering grants, scholarships, and mentoring programs.

She emphasized the importance of celebrating women’s contributions to technology and innovation in a field traditionally dominated by men.

Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Abia State University, Uturu, Professor Onyemachi Ogbulu, noted that the conference aims to redefine the role of women in science in the digital age. He commended Mrs. Otti for her advocacy and support for women in science within the Southeast and across the country.

Adding his voice, Professor Olayinka Nwachukwu, National Chairperson of OWSD, explained that the organization, with over 30 branches nationwide, facilitates research collaborations among women scientists, enhances career mobility through networking and information sharing, and engages with government and communities to promote girls’ education.

The Southeast coordinator of OWSD, Professor Uchenna Estella Odoh, highlighted the significant contributions of women to science throughout history, despite facing formidable obstacles and systemic barriers. She called on the government to address structural and cultural barriers that hinder women’s advancement in science, such as gender bias, discrimination, and unequal access to career opportunities and leadership roles.

The conference also recognized individuals who have made significant contributions to leadership, academics, and the advancement of women’s causes.

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