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Happy International day of women and girls in science, 2021

Encouraging women in the sciences requires action on all aspects: preventing harassment, changing institutional cultures and ensuring that women are included, recognized and heard. The above picture was taken recently by RAP3 MHLR Team Leader, Kirsteen Merrilees at Edinburgh airport while she was on her way back to Nepal. The special poster publicly recognizing “Women in Science in Scotland” made our project staff happy and proud in Nepal as it represents a perfect example of recognizing the achievements of successful women in Science.

Thursday, 11 February, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate the day, our RAP3 MHLR inclusion and diversity team, the Mugu group—the first group to showcase the inclusion event of the 2021 season, organized a virtual event last Thursday. The Mugu team organised several activities related to women in Science. The first activity was the ‘Women in Science’ quiz where participants were asked a series of 22 multiple-choice questions about the successful work of popular women scientists around the world who smashed gender bias and forever changed the world. The team also sent an E-card to quiz winner, Ayasta Pokharel as a commendable prize for her active participation in the quiz. In the second activity, our all-female staff were asked to reflect on their career experiences as a woman in the science and non-science fields. Each of their stories was very motivating and we are really proud to be surrounded by these wonderful women engineers and non-engineers of RAP3 MHLR who are incredible sources of support and inspiration. The third activity included a number of videos where one of our staff based in Nepalgunj, Kamal Adhikari recited his heart-touching poem describing how women in Nepal have to struggle all their lives and why it is not enough to thank women for their contribution to this world.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of the Mugu team to mark this meaningful celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We hope that in the days to come, the challenges girls and women face in science will lessen.

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 2021!