SDG 5, Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, with our target on enhancing the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
There has been an improved focus on motivating young girls to explore typically male-dominated fields, this shows an important shift in thinking. Today some organization has really stepped up its programs to help ensure that girls succeed in all areas. Companies and organizations that offer summer internships provide a chance for girls and women to learn more about different possibilities in education. Many firms also now offer job shadowing programs or career days. Job shadowing allows those interested in a specific field to follow an individual already working in that field for a day or a given amount of time. This lets the observer see typical job duties and activities, and get a feel for what that job may entail. Also sponsoring and fostering educational quizzes in primary schools with scholarships or gifts for female student can help in improving the girl child interest in education and STEM disciplines, the platform should provide hands-on activities and interactive labs that will enable female student interact with women who have graduated with a degree in various academical disciplines, allowing the girl child with a long-term mentoring relationships (Purcell, 2014).
Furthermore, when female secondary student are asked what they want to become in future, their replies are always towards; medicine, engineering, banking, accounting, computer scientist, economist, lawyer, pilot, pharmacist, and many other focus on professional disciplines; when they are further examined what they think about core courses related to their mentioned future career, their reply is astonishing, sadly, most of the female student that picked engineering, banking, accounting, and other disciplines with a strong foundation in mathematics, confess bluntly that they “hate” mathematics and when they are ask why so, their reply is always “math is hard”, therefore, female children should be taught on time, monitored and groomed from when they are still very young, by using real life scenarios and object to project and teach.
Mentoring is one of the most important confidence builders that can be found day to day on the job or in school. Teaming with a mentor is a career strategy that can bring huge benefits, especially to women in unbalanced work environments like engineering. Time and time again, the majority of successful women credit their participation in some sort of mentorship for dramatically helping them reach their career goals (Purcell, 2014). Female student should be exposed on time on the requirements for their career and discipline especially if a strong foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is required.