“Women shouldn’t be seen as only jumping up and down or pressing computers” – this is a common saying in my community. The prevalence of such phrases has caused many young women to abandon their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) dreams. Determined to make a difference, I utilized the 8-month ASUU strike as an opportunity to reach out to these young women and inspire them to pursue their aspirations. That’s when I discovered DO Take Action Organization, whose vision resonated with me, leading me to register as a Grassroot Development Champion with the goal of executing the “She STEM” project.

I conducted an educational session for ten young girls from Junior Secondary School Girls from Kuje , focusing on the significance of STEM careers and how women are underrepresented in these fields. During the session, we discussed profiles of successful women who pursued careers in STEM, engaging in a question and answer session to address their queries. To capture the impact of the event, we took pictures and recorded videos.

The outcome was remarkable, with seven of the secondary school students gaining a better understanding of STEM courses and their importance. They left feeling inspired to consider pursuing STEM careers. The impact of the initiative was truly significant, and the students even pledged to actively engage in STEM courses and careers.

This experience reinforced my commitment to empowering young women and dispelling harmful stereotypes, ensuring that they have the confidence and support to follow their dreams in STEM fields. Together, we are working towards a future where gender doesn’t limit opportunities, and all individuals are encouraged to pursue their passions regardless of societal expectations.


Joy Goodwill
Grassroot Development Champion