Science and gender equality are vital for the achievement of international development goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For decades, the UN and the international community have gone to great lengths to inspire and engage women and girls in science.
Gender biases and stereotypes alienate women and girls from the science-related field, so we have fewer female biologists, physicists, mathematicians, and engineering professionals.
However, women strive to outperform and participate in the field of science, and they have had great success over time. Libyan women are no exception and today the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), with the Women’s Empowerment Unit of the Government of National Accord (GNA), celebrate the achievements of Libyan women, represented by four scientists and pioneers in their fields.
UNSMIL will work hand in hand with Libyan women to create more space for their progress and development and to support and achieve the agreed development goals, including the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
UNSMIL congratulates all Libyan women on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and commemorates them for their scientific achievements.
We congratulate Ms Nagat Elsadig, Fellow of the British Royal Fellowship in Clinical Biochemistry, Dr Fatin Abdulhameed, First Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tripoli, Ms Rania Rahoma, Aeronautical Engineer, and Dr. Sirte University and recipient of the 2020 World Oncology and Medicine Award, for her strong contribution to science and her efforts to encourage other women to join and prosper in the field of science.
UNSMIL will continue to support Libyan women, encouraging and empowering Libyan women who lead in innovation, science and development. The Mission will continue to promote actions to remove all barriers that hold women back, based on our firm belief that the prosperity of Libyan society depends on advancing the strong contribution of Libyan women, including in science.
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