Pakistan (Muhammad Yasir)
A distinguished delegation from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan, participated in the UNESCO Conference on Women in Science held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Led by Rizwan Anwar, the Global Youth Ambassador of the United Nations, jointly with Ms. Maha Jamil, Global Youth Advocate of the UN, the delegation brought together exceptional young minds committed to driving positive change in the field of science.
The UNESCO Conference on Women in Science 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. Under the theme “Empowering Women in Science,” the conference provided a platform for fruitful discussions and knowledge exchange among international experts, scientists, policymakers, and young leaders.
The Kinnaird College for Women delegation made a remarkable impact at the conference, emphasizing the significance of empowering women and girls in scientific endeavors. Mr. Hamza Ali, Mr. Usman Niamat, Ms. Fatima Shahid, Ms. Fizza Shehbaz, Maryam Javid, Sabah Sohail, and Ms. Momina Shehbaz represented the vibrant youth of Pakistan and effectively conveyed their views and aspirations for gender equality in the sciences.
Rizwan Anwar, Global Youth Ambassador of United Nations , stated, “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. 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.”
The delegation actively 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.
Ms. Maha Jamil, Global Youth Advocate of the UN, expressed her appreciation for the delegation’s commitment, stating, “The active participation of these young leaders from Kinnaird College for Women reinforces the 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 delegation from Kinnaird College for Women to UNESCO Conference on Women in 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 the 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.