In celebration of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, Coca-Cola Beverages Uganda (CCBU) is shining a spotlight on the achievements of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) through its Women in Leadership program. This initiative aims to foster the growth of talented women into leadership roles by providing training and support.
Catherine Gita, the Director of People and Culture at CCBU, emphasized the organization’s commitment to addressing gender imbalances in STEM, stating, “CCBU recognizes the crucial role that women play in shaping the future of STEM and is actively addressing this imbalance through various initiatives.”
In alignment with national efforts, CCBU’s program seeks to close the gender gap in STEM fields and increase female representation in leadership positions, particularly within STEM-related departments. This initiative responds to a 2014 government report highlighting disparities in girls’ performance in biology and maths exams, with subsequent policies aiming to increase girls’ participation in science classes and enhance the quality of STEM education.
Highlighting the exemplary contributions of women in STEM, CCBU showcased individuals like Doreen Namuyiga, a Quality Assurance Technologist, whose passion for understanding the science behind food and beverage production drives her commitment to ensuring products meet the highest standards.
Barbra Namanyi, a Raw Materials Planner, leverages data analytics and supply chain principles to coordinate procurement and inventory management, demonstrating the diverse opportunities within STEM fields.
Anisha Namugabo, a Quality Controller, advocates for gender equality in STEM and envisions a future where every girl has equal opportunities. She emphasizes the importance of female role models and mentors to inspire the next generation of women leaders and innovators.
Reflecting on the significance of International Women in STEM Day, Namugabo underscores the need for continued efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable world where individuals, regardless of gender, can thrive and make meaningful contributions.
Through their achievements, the women in STEM at CCBU embody innovation, resilience, and empowerment, contributing to a brighter future for Uganda’s scientific community and beyond.