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Eswatini Hosts Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Forum, SADC Reiterates Commitment to Gender Equality

The Kingdom of Eswatini recently held a landmark forum focused on empowering women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The event, co-organized by the Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology (MICT) and the Kingdom of Eswatini Academy of Sciences (KEAS), highlighted the critical role women play in driving a knowledge-based economy.

The forum celebrated the achievements of women in STEM while advocating for gender equality and increased opportunities for women, particularly in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Science and Innovation.

Mr. Reaboka Morakabi, Programme Officer for Science, Technology, and Innovation at the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Secretariat, emphasized the organization’s unwavering commitment to promoting women and girls’ participation in STEM across the region. 

He pointed to existing policy frameworks, like the SADC Protocol on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), which actively promote gender equity and equality in STEM education at all levels.

Mr. Morakabi further highlighted the importance of the SADC Charter on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET). This charter aims to create a more inclusive environment and broaden opportunities for women in both STEM education and professional careers. 

He urged all SADC member states to establish national chapters of WISET to operationalize the regional organization and solidify its impact.

The Eswatini forum and the SADC’s commitment to gender equality in STEM fields pave the way for a future where women can fully contribute to scientific advancement and technological innovation across southern Africa.

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