On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Global Platform for Syrian Students (GP4SYS) congratulates all its female students currently in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Egypt and Lebanon who have been awarded a scholarship to complete their education in science related studies.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, according to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
GP4SYS is proud that young women and girls account for 51 per cent of its students. Among them, an overwhelming percentage of over than 90 per cent chose STEM studies. Some have already completed their Masters’ degrees, others will soon be done. As recent as yesterday, Salma made an amazing defense of Master’s thesis (in Biochemistry for Health at Universidade Nova of Lisbon and Gulbenkian Institute for Science), some weeks ago, it was Israa who completed a Masters’ degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the Lisbon University on Bonding Microbial Glycolipids To Medical Grade Silicone Surface For Biofilm Formation Prevention and end December 2020 and so many others achieved remarkable progress even during these hard and challenging times we are going through.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. On this occasion, the Global Platform for Syrian Students renews its commitment to boost higher education opportunities for students at risk or forced displacement, especially for young women.
Join us in our efforts to provide up to 100 scholarships in 2021-2022 academic year for girls and young women to progress in STEM studies!