'International Day of Women and Girls in Science' celebrated.
ISLAMABAD -- The achievements of woman and girls in science were celebrated on Tuesday by a 'STEMinists of Pakistan' an event held here to commemorate the United Nation's International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
This event brought together women involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields to explore their experiences and the barriers they have faced, a news release said.
Participants of discussion encourage more young girls to pursue STEM subjects and to increase gender equality in science fields.
STEM subjects are traditionally male-dominated fields - internationally as well as in Pakistan.
According to data, women account for over 50 per cent of STEM graduates in only three countries worldwide.
In Pakistan, as few as one in four women are enrolled in STEM courses compared to over half of men.
This hampers the diversity of voices, research and depth of knowledge within these fields.
Gender equality is a core part of the British Council's work. Creating greater access to education opportunities for women through scholarships and school retention programmes, the British Council gives platforms to women and young girls through events and festivals.
Last year, the British Council released a report on 'Understanding Female Participation in STEM Subjects in Pakistan', the first in a series of think pieces on Women and Science.
Both the UK and Pakistan are committed to improving enrolment of girls in science subjects in education: from primary to tertiary education and beyond.