Getting Girls in the Lab

Both female and male scientists in the Middle East face a similar challenge—the lack of research opportunities, says Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite, an Iraqi medical doctor and geneticist, in a Q&A with SciDev.Net.

“Governments and policymakers in many of these countries only make it possible for science graduates to continue as teachers and not as scientists because they don’t have science policies and institutes,” she explains.

Still, El-Hashemite acknowledges that women don’t receive the same recognition as men at the highest levels of scientific research, and “girls are less likely to pursue scientific research careers without role models”—something the Fatima El-Fehria International Award aims to provide.  


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