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United Nations general secretary Antonio Guterres. PHOTO: JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO / AFP

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, has encouraged girls and women to study and explore careers in the sciences.

This, he said, would help girls and women to break the socio-cultural barriers that discourage them from making career choices in the core sciences and technology

Guterres stated this in his message at the 2017 International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the weekend. He stressed that for too long, discriminatory stereotypes have prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

He urged commitment to end bias, greater investments in STEM education for all women and girls, as well as opportunities for their careers and longer-term professional advancement so that all can benefit from their future contributions.

Also speaking at the event organised by United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and ‘Yes I Believe Academy’ (YIBA) in Lago, UNIC Director, Mr. Ronald Kayanja, said more girls and young women should be encouraged to study the sciences as there are no special subjects for boys and others for girls.

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