WISE Nepal has successfully hosted the International Conference on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on September 20th 2019. Participants from 16 countries were present at the conference. Distinguished guest, Ms. Lisa Honan, Head of DFID office in Nepal added value with her presence at the conference. In her speech, she mentioned that the lack of women in STEM is a global problem and Nepal is not an exception. The key part of the solution is to boost women and to recruit more women in the STEM field. To boost the potential growth of women in a STEM field, she mentioned that changing laws and policies would not be enough to bring change, but that we need to end the male-dominated culture first and the attitude that the activities of women are valued less.
This is the first time WISE Nepal has hosted this International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), Asia and Pacific Nations Network (APNN) and Meeting and International Conference on women in STEM after being established in 2013 as an informal network, with initially only seven female engineers on board.
WISE Nepal Chairperson, MS. Jun Hada shared that this international conference is all about celebrating our success, professional achievements and our contribution to humanity through STEM. It is to inspire young women to become the next leaders in STEM. Also, she mentioned that this conference is an approach to build our own capacity, to become one strength, to increase our voice and to change the way agencies operate in our world and to narrow the gender gap in STEM.
The conference was successful in providing a good forum for discussing the active participation of women in the STEM field as well as being an opportunity for motivating women to take part in the STEM field for prosperity and equality.