A delegation from Lahore’s Kinnaird College for Women, led by UN’s Global Youth Ambassador Rizwan Anwar, and UN’s Global Youth Advocate Maha Jamil, participated in the UNESCO Conference on Women in Science at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The delegation brought together exceptional young minds committed to driving positive change in the field of science. The UNESCO conference aimed to address the critical issue of gender imbalance in scientific fields and explore strategies to enhance women’s participation for a better future and sustainable development.
The conference – Empowering Women in Science – provided a platform for fruitful discussions and knowledge exchange among international experts, scientists, policymakers, and young leaders. The Kinnaird College delegation made a remarkable impact at the conference, emphasizing significance of empowering women and girls in scientific endeavors.
Hamza Ali, Usman Niamat, Fatima Shahid, Fizza Shehbaz, Maryam Javid, Sabah Sohail, and Momina Shehbaz represented young people and effectively conveyed their views and aspirations for gender equality in the sciences.
“We believe that equal participation of women in science is not only a matter of gender equality but also crucial for addressing global challenges and achieving sustainable development,” Rizwan Anwar said. “Through increased representation, diverse perspectives, and equal opportunities, we can unlock the full potential of women in science and foster innovation for a better future,” he said.
The delegation engaged in panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions, sharing inspiring success stories, highlighting the barriers faced by women in science, and proposing actionable strategies to create an inclusive environment. Their presence and contributions resonated with participants from around the world, igniting meaningful conversations on advancing gender equity in scientific research, education, and professional opportunities.
Maha Jamil says active participation of young leaders from Kinnaird College reinforces importance of youth voices in shaping policies and actions
Maha Jamil expressed her appreciation for the delegation’s commitment. “The active participation of these young leaders from Kinnaird College reinforces importance of youth voices in shaping policies and actions. Their unwavering dedication to promoting women’s involvement in science serves as an inspiration to all young people striving to make a positive impact on society.”
The Kinnaird delegation to UNESCO Conference Science get an exposure with a renewed sense of purpose and a strengthened commitment to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the scientific community. They are determined to implement insights gained during the conference and collaborate with local and international stakeholders to bridge the gender gap in science and pave the way for a brighter and more equitable future.