10th Women Science Congress
The 108th Indian Science Congress (ISC) highlighted the important role of women in the field of STEM and conservation of biodiversity at the 10th Women Science Congress (WSC) held at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University on January 5th and 6th, 2023. The event aimed to recognize the contribution of women in all walks of life and to promote self-reliance among women.
Role of Women in Biodiversity Conservation
- Padmashri Smt. Rahibai Soma Popere, a farmer and conservationist, emphasized the crucial role that women play in biodiversity conservation and shared her campaign to help farmers return to native varieties of crops.
- She highlighted the importance of involving women in conservation efforts and the need for more women to be represented in leadership roles in the field.
Promoting Women in STEM
- Nisha Mendiratta, Advisor & Head of WISE-KIRAN Division at the Department of Science & Technology (DST), addressed the need for interventions to promote women in STEM.
- She noted that while the percentage of girls in tertiary education is more than 55%, there is a high number of dropouts, an issue that needs to be addressed. Dr. Mendiratta also discussed the efforts of DST in promoting women's participation in science and technology, benefitting more than 35,000 girls and women in the last 8 years under various women-centric programs.
- A panel discussion was also organized during the event where experts discussed the role of S&T in women empowerment, opportunities in food science and technology, sustainable development goals, science communication, the role of digitalization, and more. The panelists emphasized the importance of S&T-led development in rural areas, the significance of innovation in research, and the opportunities for women in the area of Intellectual Property Rights.
- Sonal Dhabekar, a beneficiary of the WOS-B program, shared her experience and how the program helped her reshape her scientific career after a long break. Dr. Vijaylaxmi Saxena, General President of ISCA, appreciated the various initiatives of the Indian Government for empowering women.
The 10th Women Science Congress was attended by around 5,000 participants and aimed to promote the participation and leadership of women in STEM and conservation efforts. The focal theme of this year's ISC was ï¿½Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowermentï¿½, emphasizing the importance of promoting gender equality in the field of science and technology.
Written by IAS POINT