Where are Africa’s women in STEM?

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Episode 6

The focus of today’s show: women in science. The number of women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — known as STEM — is discouragingly low, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Traditionally, women grow up thinking that those difficult subjects are for men,” Grace Nambatya Kyeyune, director of research at Uganda’s Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute tells Africa Science Focus.

And teenagers Phiri, Retisher and Mutumba give us an insight into what girls think their roles are in African society.

If you want to know anything about developments in science and health in Africa, send us your science questions for the experts — message WhatsApp +254799042513.

Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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