RCC WE campaign continues with young Western Balkans’ women studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics
Sarajevo – Ivana Todorovska is a smart hard-working young woman, a student of Analytical Biochemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje. Ivana’s message to all of us, young women and girls in particular, is that although it is very hard to become a scientist, she won’t stop trying.
Women have influenced eras and changed nations. Women in science have splintered the shell of this previously male-dominated field. We live in times of exposure to the same danger, and more women in science and research would make a difference…
Give it a shot girls! Intelligence is not static, science and engineering are not for boys only.
Women are under-represented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), starting from education, to workplaces and senior managerial positions. The Western Balkans is no exception to this global gender disparity in STEM. For example, female students are significantly underrepresented in engineering, manufacturing, construction - 37% and ICT classes - 30%.The employment rate for women in 2018 was only 43.7%. The Western Balkans GDP would have been 20% higher if women were to participate in the labour market at the same level as men do. If we want more women in STEM, we need to start working on it from early childhood.
The RCC continued its WE (Women Empowerment) campaign this March with Marta, an extraordinary woman from Skopje who combined her formal education as mechanical engineer with her passion for design. Her export-oriented company that employs 50 people is in the business of making useful, practical but unique items, like radiators, thanks to the striking and innovative design. Marta made a success.
And there is plenty of potential for similar success stories in the region! Therefore, WE continue to present to you young women, STEM students from the Western Balkans, who enthusiastically shared with us their plans, dreams and expectations. Their stories are inspiring and hopeful for this region.