“The number of women in the field of Nuclear Science and Technology in Ghana has increased progressively over the past years”.

This was disclosed by Prof. Mary Boadu, Director of the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), at a ceremony held in Accra by the GAEC Ladies Association to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD).

Prof. Boadu, who doubles as the President of GAEC Ladies Association disclosed that a total of 243 females have been trained at M.Phil and seven (7) at Ph.D levels, by the graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), University of Ghana, since its establishment in 2006. The school is one of Africa’s few institutions specialized in the training of Nuclear Scientists.

She also disclosed that GAEC has seen a steady increase in women engagement in various fields of expertise in its laboratories since the establishment of the Commission in 1963 by Act 204.

According to her, the current female staff strength at GAEC stands at approximately 300, which she described as an all-time high since the establishment of the Commission. “Currently, there are more females with Ph.D degrees at post than ever before, and the number is hoped to increase even more in the near future”.

Prof. Boadu expressed confidence that today’s woman is no longer a dependent soul but an independent and self-reliant person in every respect, capable of doing everything under the right conditions. “We therefore want to recognize the importance of our existence as women and motivate ourselves for future development”, she added.

She urged women to forge ahead with renewed determination and enthusiasm to achieve their set goals and objectives in building mother Ghana.

Finally, she called on all women to strive for balance by working together with their male colleagues in all fields of endeavor.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey – Office of Corporate and Public Affairs (OCPA), GAEC

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