With help from The Spark of Hope Foundation, May was able to study Environmental Sciences at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh.
Israa Isaa is a 24-year-old Palestinian refugee from the Mieh Mieh refugee camp near Sidon in south Lebanon. The camp was established 60 years ago and suffered heavy damage during Lebanon’s civil war. It is overcrowded, there are frequent water shortages, and health care is poor.
Sajida Raza, 22, is a 3rd year medical student attending Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She comes from the Chitral area in the mountainous northern areas of Pakistan. It has no hospitals, only a few medical clinics, and it is often cut off from the rest of the world for months during winter.
With it’s potential to have a significant influence on the development of a more equal society, pursuing a STEM career in the digital age provides real possibilities for women across the world Elvire's pursuit of a doctorate in forest sciences comes from her passion for fighting climate change and her ambition to be a positive role model and flag bearer for women in science.
Lucia is pursuing a three-year doctorate in international public and monetary law at The World Trade Institute at the University of Bern. She is on a full scholarship, supplemented by support from the Spark of Hope Foundation.
As STEM industries continue to grow, so will their significance and power to drive societal progress. If women continue to make up just 29% of this workforce, the pace at which gender equality can be achieved globally will inevitably slow. But this doesn’t have to be the future,
“Girls [in these situations] never dare to speak up for their rights” because they live in a male-dominated society where speaking out could lead to punishment and even death. Usra is determined she can changes the lives of these young girls and women. She quickly realized that the answer is education.
The STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—industries are at the forefront of the gender gap in the 21st century. As the world becomes increasingly digitized, the need for workers in STEM-related industries is exploding. Chahd Mazyan, a Palestinian medical student studying in Lebanon, is one such example of someone driving change in a STEM field.
Zarrina Abdulalieva is a mid-career professional in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, who completed her studies at the LSE, UK, She returned to Tajikistan in early 2017, where she is with the World Bank, focused on the design and implementation of a comprehensive sustainable development strategy that addresses environmental challenges in an efficient and transparent manner. “Providing clean, sustainable energy is not only crucial to eradicate poverty but also to fight environmental problems such as global warming,” she states emphatically.
Azernoosh is a dedicated 32-year-old pursuing her PhD in Globalization and International Economic Law at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azernoosh was born into a society that had just gone through a revolution and radical change in government. She has a passion for research, international relations, international economic law, and development.