Gender equality a top priority of UNESCO

دکتر احمد فهمی

Tehran (ISNA) - A program specialist from UNESCO says this organization has made gender equality on a global scale a top priority, so we need to make sure that women have the right place in all fields of every society.

“Universities and research institutes which employ women should take consideration that women also can be mothers and they need to have more time to take care of their children.” Dr Ahmed Fahmi, representative of UNESCO told ISNA in an exclusive interview. 

He works on particular programs in the field of basic sciences in UNESCO headquarter in Paris.

“In some countries girls can’t go to school and have to stay at home and no one give them the right to education. They aren’t at the equal level with boys. Moreover in some places male get more salary than female,” he said.

“The other priority of UNESCO is Africa. Although it has a lot of natural resources like mineral, oil and etc. but it is the least continent with economic growth,” Dr Fahmi went on to say.

“I’ve  traveled to Iran many times before but it’s my second time in Mashhad. This time I visited medical Sciences of Mashhad (MUM) and I was very impressed. I had opportunity to speak with a number of researchers and scientists and I understood they are working in different areas. They had the same objectives and the same aspiration like the scientists anywhere in the world,” he further described.

According to him, Iranian scientists are seriously committed to their work and despite all the difficulties they are still very strongly committed. In other words they dedicated their life to science. 

“UNESCO’s office in Tehran does a lot of programs in education and culture. There are about five active centers in Iran,” Dr Fahmi continued. 

“Iran is a member state of UNESCO so its activities contribute to all UNESCO’s activity in education, science, communication and culture. Iran is one of the early founding members so it always has the very strong relationship with UNESCO,” he added. 

Pointing to the role of education and advocacy in public awareness, Dr Fahmi said, “when we talk about education, it’s mostly formal education at school level and that needs programs at schools to highlight certain public care issues”. 

He added that in primary school teachers teach children how to brush their teeth, not to litter on the street and recycle. Also girls who are prone to certain cancer need to know after certain age they have to be checked regularly. So education has to be at school level. 

"The role of media is very important in public awareness. It helps to make science easier to be understood by people. So journalists and scientists can work together well to educate and advocate the public,” he also said. 

Ahmed Fahmi has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Cambridge University in the UK. He is currently program specialist in Science and Technology at the UNESCO South Asia office. He has more than 15 papers in reputed journals.

End Item

Comments

You are replying to: .