Despite barriers and stereotypes, women and girls are making a difference every day as scientists, mathematicians, programmers, innovators and engineers. Meet inspiring women and girls making progress in cutting-edge STEM projects. They're leading the way for other women and girls like you.
Dr. Mirsakiyeva is a researcher for Carl Zeiss AG, the largest manufacturer of optical systems in the world. She also produces a podcast Belka and Strelka.
Kübra is a reporting engineer for the Çanakkale 1915 Bridge project,. She is also a mentor with Engineer Girls of Turkey (EGT), helping to expand opportunities for girls and young women in engineering.
Hasmik, 16, co-founded VR Labs, a virtual lab that simulates science experiments with virtual reality headsets.
Valeria, 18, studies finance and banking. She is member of the local youth council and in her spare time, she is cleaning up beaches and building eco-friendly greenhouses.
Zhaniya, 16, is a participant in the UniSat educational nano-satellite programme for girls. In 2020, Zhaniya built and launched a nano-satellite into the stratosphere.
Gulshan, 14, lives in the suburb Ak-Orgo. Her goal is to conquer the IT-sphere and make robots that improve people' lives.
Dr Asel Sartbaeva is from Kyrgyzstan and now a researcher and Reader in Chemistry at the University of Bath in the UK