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Merck Foundation commemorates ‘International Day of Girls and Women in Science 2022’

Merck Foundation commemorates ‘International Day of Girls and Women in Science 2022’

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Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany that empowers African women in the areas of Science and Technology by providing scholarships recently commemorated ‘International Day of Girls and Women in Science 2022’ through its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programme and ‘Educating Linda’ programme in Kenya.

Merck Foundation works closely with African policy makers to empower girls in education and women in STEM.

Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO, Merck Foundation, said: “We at Merck Foundation mark ‘International Day of Girls and Women in Science 2022’ by supporting and empowering women in the areas of science and technology. Under-representation of women still exists in these fields, even though women have made tremendous participation and progress in their careers. Every year, we conduct ‘Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit’ in partnership with African governments and African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission, MARS to bring together researchers and policy makers from across Africa to prepare for the road ahead in the continent’s development as an international hub for excellence in scientific innovation and define interventions to empower women and youth through education in general and in STEM in particular. We have also launched MARS Awards to appreciate and recognise ‘Best African Women Researchers’ and Best Young African Researcher’. Our aim is to empower women and young African researchers, advance their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM.”

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