Engineer believes space science will smash the glass ceiling in Nigeria

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Iroka Chidinma, from the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), at the Space for Women expert meeting held at UN Women in New York. UN News/Dianne Penn

Could space science and technology be the tool to demolish the "gender ceiling" in Nigeria?

That's the belief of a woman who was involved in the design and building of four satellites launched by the West African country.

Iroka Chidinma works for the National Space Research and Development Agency and is pursuing a PhD in atmospheric physics.

She was in New York for an expert meeting on increasing the number of girls studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths—the STEM subjects—organized by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Ms Chidinma told Dianne Penn that she had been yearning to take part in the event, held recently at the headquarters of UN Women.

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