Brunei Darussalam emphasises its strong commitment in contributing to the development of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, ISESCO in shaping the Islamic World and the development of human civilisation, in achieving unity, cooperation, progress and peace. The Permanent Secretary for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education as the Secretary General of the Brunei Darussalam National Commission stated this at the opening ceremony of the Regional Training Workshop on Developing Talents of Women in Science, Technology and Innovation or STI yesterday morning.

Speaking on the issue of gender imbalance among STI researchers in the world, Doctor Haji Azman bin Ahmad shared that the gender imbalance starts in graduate studies, and became increasingly apparent in advanced career levels. According to UNESCO's Institute of Statistics data, less than 30 percent of the world's researchers are women. In North America and Western Europe, it's just 32 percent with Central Asia having the best statistics with an average of 48 percent. Therefore, Doctor Haji Azman urges the ISESCO member countries to tackle the issue, and to seek ways to empower women and increase their participation in STI.

The three-day workshop is attended by 80 representatives from ISESCO Headquarters in Rabat, Morocco as well as other ISESCO member states and various stakeholders in the country. Also present were Yang Berhormat Dayang Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii and Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash'ari, Members of the Legislative Council, as well as Doctor Chin Wei Keh, Deputy Permanent Secretary Higher Education at the Ministry of Education.

Source: Radio Television Brunei