“Local STEMspresso – Promoting Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to Youth from Youth” – Final Event Tirana
The Centre Science and Innovation for Development (SCiDEV) in the framework of its flag initiative – The Network of Albanian Women in STEM (NAWSTEM) – is implementing a pilot project aiming to increase awareness of youngsters on the importance and role of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), as well as to expand their understanding of the relevance of STEM education in today’s fast-changing world. Empowering women and girls and increasing their advocacy role in pushing forward the gender equality agenda is another objective of this pilot project. SCiDEV is collaborating with local partners to implement activities: Gruaja tek Gruaja, Sot per te Ardhmen, and Une Gruaja.
We have been working with young people and local organizations in Shkodra, Durrës, and Pogradec and our key activities have been:
- 3 successful women in STEM (Teuta Xhindi, Anila Paparisto, and Sidorela Uku) held on April 3 STEMtalks with about 80 young women and men in Shkodra, Durrës, and Pogradec, organized by SCiDEV with our local partner organizations.
- 3 Bootcamps with 36 young women and men were organized in April and May 2022 in Shkodra, Durrës, and Pogradec, training youth on storytelling techniques, creative writing, multimedia, production, editing, and promotion in the digital space.
- 2 mentors (Valbona Sulçe and Lorin Kadiu) have been working with 36 young women and men in Shkodra, Durrës, and Pogradec, enabling them to create multimedia products to promote the profile of distinguished women in STEM and raise awareness of the relevance and importance of STEM education and career for the social and economic empowerment of women.
- 9 teams have been researching the profiles of 9 women in STEM in their local communities and have prepared 6 podcasts and 3 videos.
This event will see the presentation of selected videos and products, and participating youth will share with participants their experiences.
This project is implemented by SCiDEV with the support of UNDP Albania, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, as part of the UN Joint Programme “Ending Violence against Women in Albania”, funded by the Government of Sweden.