Empowering Women in STEM for Societal Development

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The TechnoGirl Trust, a pioneering organisation dedicated to bridging the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, continues its mission to improve the lives of all South Africans by empowering young girls and women to pursue careers in these vital areas.

With a focus on the transformative impact of STEM jobs on society and individual lives, the Trust continues to emphasise the importance of female representation in these fields for societal development and progress, and the stats are representative of this view.

STEM careers have long been recognised as catalysts for innovation, economic growth, and social advancement.

However, women remain underrepresented in these fields, contributing to a lack of diverse perspectives and talent. Though research from the World Bank shows that increasing the number of women in STEM jobs could lead to a 25% increase in South Africa’s GDP, according to Statistics South Africa, only 23% of employed individuals in STEM occupations are women.

The TechnoGirl Trust continues to change this narrative through its programmes.

It provides mentorship, support, and opportunities for young women to explore and excel in STEM disciplines, from grade 8 to post-schooling and beyond. Research has consistently shown that diverse teams drive innovation and problem-solving, leading to more effective solutions that benefit society.

By encouraging more women to pursue STEM careers, the TechnoGirl Trust not only promotes gender equality but also fosters the development of a more inclusive and innovative workforce.

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A report by the South African Institute of Race Relations found that women make up only 30% of students enrolled in STEM-related fields in tertiary institutions, and this can grow immensely through continued collaboration. The TechnoGirl Trust invites companies and organisations to join them in their mission to support and empower women in STEM.

By becoming a donor, a partner, or a hosting company for the job shadowing programme, businesses can play a crucial role in nurturing the next generation of female STEM professionals. We can create a more diverse, innovative, and inclusive workforce that drives societal development and progress. Join us in empowering women in STEM and shaping a brighter future for all.

For more information on how to get involved with or support the TechnoGirl Trust’s initiatives, please visit https://technogirltrust.co.za/ or contact Andolene Hofmeyr at andolene@technogirltrust.co.za.