Stereotypes keep women and girls from sciences

UN and Africa - a weekly 10-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa.

Woman scientist

•March 8 was observed as International Women’s Day. The theme for this year’s day is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.” Professor Sesae Mpuchane from the University of Botswana says that stereotypes keep women and girls from sciences.

African nations look to nuclear power for energy

IAEA/ Nuclear power plant in Japan. IAEA/UN Spanish Radio

Nuclear power plant

•Twenty African countries have turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency to help as they consider introducing nuclear power to meet their growing energy needs. Currently only South Africa has an operating nuclear power programme. IAEA says that access to energy is essential to sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries.

Young man runs school in remote village of Uganda

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri at UN

•Twesigye Jackson Kaguri from a remote village of Uganda worked hard get to college in Kampala and then went on to the United States. He settled and got a decent job in the United States. But when he visited his home village in 2001, he saw the need to build a school for orphans there.

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