A TOTAL of 1,200 students from 32 schools in Penang took part in the Women in Zcience (WIZ) 2021 event via livestream.
Organised by Tech Dome in collaboration with Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC), the event was aimed at encouraging women to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related careers.
The fifth edition of the WIZ event was held to mark International Women’s Day as well as National Science Week.
During the recent event at Tech Dome in Komtar, activities like talks, workshops and a self-defence demonstration were held via livestream from 9am to 1pm.
Participating schools simultaneously went online to meet with speakers from Tech Dome, various organisations and multinational companies.
As WIZ 2021 was held online for the second time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students attended the event online from their respective schools via Facebook Live, Google Meet and Zoom.
In his speech, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said science and technology should be taught to children from a young age so that they have a head start in a world that is quickly progressing in science and technology.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’.
“As countries and communities start to recover from a devastating pandemic, it is the right time to push for equal opportunity to rebuild our community and society.
“Experts regardless of gender must be given equal opportunity in playing their part to make pivotal decisions as countries respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic – choices that will affect the wellbeing of people and the planet for generations to come.
“Despite the many barriers such as old traditional norms that require women to support their family, or socio-economic barriers of the current working environment, women, especially young women, are at the forefront of diverse and inclusive movements for social change.
“This includes their leading role in taking a stand against climate change, fighting for a green economy and pushing for women’s rights, ” he said.
Also present were Tech Dome board of directors member Ang Lye Hin and PWDC chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng.