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Rida Yumn Ahmed Girls In Science Ambassador For South Asia Speech at United Nations

#February11, 2021

Highness Princess Dr. Nisreen said, “Some people might think that me and my colleagues are dreamers. Well the International Day Of Women And Girls In Science was a dream: it started with an individual action that led to collective power being translated to have an exponential impact”.

I Rida Yumn Ahmed is honoured to share that I was selected as a speaker at the 6th International Day of
Women & Girls in Science Assembly with the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) digital web-stream event at United Nations Headquarters,New York,USA.
The theme is “women scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19”.
I spoke about the importance of ‘Science Diplomacy’ which is an interdisciplinary field of international relations and science that seeks to solve our global challenges and achieve sustainable development goals by collaboration across borders and between communities to maintain tranquility.
Being the Girls In Science Ambassador For South Asia and as a STEMinist, I think that more girls should be a part of STEM to close the gap.

I’ve been the part of the platform since October 2020 and during this tenure,it has been an incredible journey so far.
I attended the ‘International Day Of The Girl Child’ meeting and loved talking to inspiring women.
I moderated along with a few of my colleagues ,the panel with H.E. Helena Dalli, the European Commissioner of Equality, and learned more about Malta’s culture,sociology, art, and sustainable development ,the role of science in politics and the economy,women’s participation in politics and the importance of diplomacy.
I contributed to the #WritingBrailleInScience(In fulfillment of RASIT’s commitment to the 2030 Development Agenda, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the 6th Assembly featured for the first time “Our Blind Fellow Scientists”, through a High-level Panel titled “Writing Science in Braille”) and the #ValueVeda(teacher appreciation) initiative.
I’ve co-authored a chapter in the upcoming #February11 book on “Bridging The Digital Divide”(more details shortly).
I’m honoured to be a part of such a prestigious platform and I wish to deliver to the best of my capacities by spreading the word about the mission of Girls In Science and representing it’s values and foundation.


Youth Advocate for UN Sustainable Development Goals from a STEM background

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