In order to address this glaring gender gap from the root, Covestro has collaborated with g4g (greenlight for girls), an NGO based in Belgium to conduct a series of STEM workshops across the country. Over 100 girls in the age group of 10 to 15 years participated from different schools wherein they conducted simple science experiments that stimulated their curiosity and interest in science.
The India workshop was successfully conducted on 4th October 2016 by Patrick Thomas, CEO, Covestro AG at Adarsh Shiksha Niketan (ASN) School, Mayur Vihar, Delhi.
Talking about this initiative, Mr. Ajay Durrani, MD, Covestro India, said, “In India, unfortunately, science has been popularly perceived as a male prerogative resulting in female students being discouraged from joining STEM at the undergrad level to women dropping out of the workforce mid-career. The worryingly low percentage of women in leadership positions calls for immediate and concrete action to be taken. Through these workshops, we aim to gradually start tackling this issue from the ground-level and encourage more girls to take up STEM education.”