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Qatar celebrates female students’ feats in science

QNA
Doha
SECRETARY-General of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science Dr Hamda Hassan al Sulaiti has praised Qatar’s initiatives to empower females, which has enabled many of them to shine in different fields, including sciences and research.
On the sidelines of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science in Qatar, Sulaiti said that Qatar’s constitution calls for gender equality with no discrimination whatsoever in rights and duties of males and females.
She also mentioned national and sectoral strategies related to education and training including the strategies of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Foundation Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) that are benefiting both men and women.
Sulaiti referred to Al Bairaq project of QF, which embraces young Qatari talent in scientific research and aims to support Qatar’s knowledge-based economy.
Sulaiti said the Excellence award of the ministry has allocated one of its categories for outstanding scientific research for high school students, which was recently won by a girl, which is an indication of Qatar’s interest in scientific research.
Sulaiti stressed the importance of the role played by Qatari women in building society, noting that Qatar attaches great importance to strengthening the status of Qatari women in the field of science and scientific research.
QU Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies Mariam Al Ali al Maadeed said celebrating this day at the global level is an occasion to honour women regardless of race, colour, doctrine and belonging, and to review women’s social, economic and other achievements, and enable them to achieve more.
She added that Qatari women’s progress reflects the support they receive at every level.
She said that the latest statistics of undergraduate and postgraduate students at Qatar University showed that women constitute 76 percent of the students of the programme. They also constitute 64 percent of the university’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Director of UNESCO Regional Office in Doha Anna Paolini highlighted the importance of the role of women and the extent of their investment in science. She said currently, women account for less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide and according to UNESCO data (2014-2016), 30 percent of all female students choose fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in higher education.

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