Celebrating Women and Girls in Science: A Hidden Figures Film Screening

In a world where the stars seem just out of reach, where the boundaries of possibility are constantly challenged, there exist stories that defy the constraints of time and space. 

On Monday, February 12th, 2024, Mobile Web Ghana, in collaboration with the US Embassy Ghana, hosted a screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” to commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science as well as  Black History Month. This event aimed to inspire and empower young girls to believe in themselves and consider pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). 

The event, held at the American Corner Agbogba, brought together a diverse group of audience, including girls and teachers from West Africa Senior High School and St. Joseph’s Anglican School, Agbogba, as well as members of SeedAfrique. The program was filled with engaging activities designed to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM.

We were honored to have Liza Steger from the US Embassy Ghana join us at the event as a special guest. In her open remarks, Liza expressed her excitement for celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. She highlighted the importance of acknowledging women’s contributions in STEM fields and also shared her own personal experiences, motivating the participants to pursue their passions and break through barriers.

Following the screening of “Hidden Figures,” interactive discussions were held to delve deeper into the themes of the movie and the significance of women’s representation in science. These discussions provided a platform for the girls to share their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in meaningful dialogue. Mentorship and guidance on this journey are crucial, and these discussions provided just that.

The impact of the event was profound. The girls left the screening feeling empowered and determined to pursue their dreams in STEM. The event not only inspired the students but also motivated the teachers who attended. They left with a renewed sense of empowerment, ready to encourage more girls to pursue STEM careers and challenge societal norms.

At Mobile Web Ghana, we see events like these as part of our ongoing commitment to bridge the gaps in the STEM field. Our aim is to inspire and nurture the next generation of women scientists and innovators. By organizing events such as the Hidden Figures film screening, we hope to empower young girls and give them equal opportunities to make extraordinary contributions to the world of science.

In conclusion, the Hidden Figures film screening event was a success in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Black History Month. Through the film screening and open dialogues, we inspired and empowered young girls to explore the limitless potential of STEM. We extend our gratitude to the US Embassy Ghana for partnering with us in this endeavor.