February 11 is a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate women and girls in science across the world.

This day, the world marks the 6th edition of Women and Girls in Science Day globally. The Day provides another opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

Many African women and girls have excelled in the field of science, creating innovative solutions to some of the continent’s problems. Their efforts have also helped to build bridges between Africa and the rest of the world using the tools of science, technology and innovation.

One of such women being celebrated in the week dedicated to women and girls in Science is Dr. (Mrs.) Rose Suniso Gidado, an award-winning Industrial Microbiologist who hails from Nigeria’s North Eastern State, Adamawa. She is currently a Deputy Director at National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

The Africa Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) joined the world to celebrate Dr. Gidado with glowing compliments for leading the biotechnology in food production revolution in Nigeria.

“We celebrate her work in facilitating and mobilizing funds for Biotechnology and Biosafety awareness at both local, national and international levels, and for spearheading the acceptance of Biotechnology as an alternate means to secure Africa’s food basket,” AATF wrote in a tweet on Tuesday to celebrate Dr. Gidado.

Dr. Gidado is the Nigerian Country Coordinator for the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa. She has been actively involved in outreaches to increase public understanding of biotechnology and biosafety, both locally and internationally, on issues like policies, regulations, communication, business, ethics, religion and education. She has published numerous scientific articles in national and international journals and has authored and edited various policy briefs and book chapters.

A native of the village of Mapeo in the Nigerian state of Adamawa, Dr. Gidado received her early education at the Federal Government Girls’ College in Yola before moving on to the University of Maiduguri, where she earned a B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology in 1995. She then obtained a M.Sc. degree in industrial microbiology from the University of Abuja in 2008 and completed her doctorate in 2015.

Dr. Gidado has received numerous awards, including the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Award in recognition of role as a mentor for young scientists. She is married and has a daughter.

The 2021 Day of women and girls in science has the Theme: Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.

The 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly will be held at the United Nations Headquarters virtually.

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