Empowering Girls through STEM: A Princess’s Invitation Leads to Inspiring Opportunities

In a remarkable turn of events, an Iraqi Princess and an Irish scientist’s worlds collided when HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite reached out to Tracey Jane Cassidy, Founder & CEO of Junior Einsteins Science Club. The purpose of this unexpected call? An invitation to speak at The United Nations in New York, where Cassidy would share her groundbreaking work in bringing hands-on STEM education to girls. This fortuitous collaboration opened doors to remarkable experiences and partnerships, fostering a shared commitment to empowering girls to pursue their dreams as princesses and scientists. Empowering Girls through STEM: A Princess’s Invitation Leads to Inspiring Opportunities

A Shared Passion: Encouraging Girls in STEM: Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, an internationally recognised scientist, scholar, and advocate for women’s empowerment, recognised the value of Cassidy’s work in empowering girls through STEM education. Their conversation revealed a shared passion for encouraging girls to explore STEM careers and the significance of early intervention in shaping their aspirations. Both Princess Dr. El-Hashemite and Cassidy agreed that providing girls with hands-on STEM experiences from an early age is key to fostering a love for science and inspiring future generations of female scientists.

An Hounorable Invitation: International Women’s Day at The United Nations: The phone call took an even more extraordinary turn when Princess Dr. El-Hashemite extended an invitation to Cassidy to speak at the International Women’s Day event at The United Nations in New York. This prestigious platform, organised by R.A.S.I.T (Royal Society for Science International Trust) and Girls in Science 4 SDGs (an initiative by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust), aimed to amplify the voices of women and girls in science and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

An Inspiring Gathering: United Nations and Global Advocates for Girls: On February 11th, 2020, Cassidy found herself standing on the stage at the General Assembly of The United Nations, surrounded by global advocates for girls’ empowerment. U2 Frontman Bono and former Irish President Mary Robinson were present that day at a different celebration of girls in The UN. They were launching the ‘Drive for Five’ campaign to promote quality education for all adolescent girls. The energy and determination in the UN were palpable, as each passionate person contributed their unique expertise and commitment to advancing the rights and opportunities for girls worldwide.

A Lasting Impact: Collaboration with R.A.S.I.T and the United Nations: The experience at The United Nations marked a turning point for Cassidy and Junior Einsteins Science Club. Collaborating with R.A.S.I.T and the United Nations, Cassidy and her team now utilise Junior Einsteins Science Club as a powerful tool to inspire a love of science and learning while encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. Through their programs, they aim to instil confidence, curiosity, and a sense of limitless possibilities among young girls, showing them that they can be both princesses and scientists—achieving whatever they aspire to be.Empowering Girls through STEM: A Princess’s Invitation Leads to Inspiring Opportunities

The convergence of an Iraqi Princess and an Irish scientist’s paths brought about a remarkable journey of empowerment, collaboration, and inspiration. Through their shared commitment to encouraging girls in STEM, HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite and Tracey Jane Cassidy have joined forces to empower young girls to become the princesses and scientists they dream of being. Their collective efforts have ignited a flame of curiosity and determination, driving positive change for girls around the world.

Together, we can break down barriers and open doors to a future where every girl is given the opportunity to explore her potential and shape the world through science and innovation.

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