Merck, a leading science and technology company, this week announced a new program called “Merck STEM for Women and Girls” that will have a special focus on empowering women in the fields of research and healthcare.
The program was launched at the InterContinental Nairobi during a breakfast ceremony attended by CEO of Merck Healthcare Belén Garijo, First Lady of the Central African Republic (CAR) Madame Brigitte Touadera, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu and Nairobi Governor Evan Kidero.
The program kicked off immediately by inaugurating an initiative at Olympic School in Kibera where Merck equipped the library with a computer lab to encourage young girls to study science and technology. Merck is targeting to empower over 7,000 girls and 60 women researchers across Africa in 2017 through various initiatives such as the one at Olympic.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Garijo said, “In recognition of the important role women can play in the economic and social development of Africa, Merck is empowering them to participate in STEM where they are currently under-represented.”
Governor Kidero announced during his keynote speech, “The Merck STEM Program will encourage our young women and girls to undertake science and technology related courses and make active contribution to the social and economic development of our country.”
This new program builds upon the accomplishments of yet another program, “Merck More Than a Mother” which supports infertile women through access to information, health and change of mindset.