On November 22, 2022, during the XII International Conference ATOMEXPO-2022 a mentoring session Women in STEM was held, organized by the Women in Nuclear foundation with the support of Rosatom Corporate Academy ANO.
The event was attended by representatives of HIMNI, Uzatom Agency, Africa for Nuclear, VinAtom Nuvia India Private Limited, Mon-Atom State Corporation, Nuclear Community Association, NUTEK Energy Consulting, Technology and Industry Inc., and Rosatom.
The session was moderated by Alexandra Ryabykh, co-founder of the Women in Nuclear foundation, Advisor to the Director General of Hydrospecgeology FSBI, Board Member of the Eurasian Women's Forum at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.
The experts discussed the representation of women in high-tech sectors of the world economy, in particular in the nuclear power industry; development of leadership potential, promising areas of education and development of educational programs aimed at the personal and professional growth of girls who choose engineering professions. The speakers also analyzed the role of mentoring in building career trajectories in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
Yulia Uzhakina, Director General of Rosatom Corporate Academy, told the participants about women support programs in Rosatom, examples of women's careers in Rosatom, and why women are reluctant to go into STEM. She stressed that efforts to support gender balance should be directed both to individual work with women and to platforms where the subject is discussed more globally. "We at Rosatom are striving for a balanced workforce. In terms of the staffing strategy, it is important to look at the balance from different perspectives: gender, age, diversity of occupations, and education. Our objective is to ensure that every woman fulfills her potential, finds her place, and becomes happy as far as her professional aspirations are concerned. For this purpose we develop mentoring programs and help women to navigate in the world of professions," noted the Director General of Rosatom Corporate Academy.
The event participants considered the best international practices in building a system of motivation of girls employed in STEM and opportunities for self-fulfillment of women in engineering professions. Geni Rina Sunario, Head of HIMNI Women's Capacity Development Department, talked about the need to support the women's agenda in the nuclear industry. Rozaliya Kamayeva, Deputy Head of the Construction Projects Coordination Department of Uzatom Agency, made a presentation on the contribution of female experts in the development of technology. Princess Mtombeni, founder of Africa4Nuclear, international nuclear communications specialist, shared her observations about the stereotypes faced by men as well as women.
Mai Huong, Deputy Director of VinAtom Training Center; Minu Singh, Managing Director of Nuvia India Private Limited; Dorjbai Dalaijargal, Executive Director of Mon-Atom GC; Togzhan Seifullina, Director of Kazakhstan Nuclear Community Association; and Bahire Gül Göktepe, Director of NUTEK Energy Consulting, Technology and Industry Inc., President of Women in Nuclear Turkey, also participated in the session.
The participants of the discussion stressed that such events significantly contribute to strengthening international interaction of female nuclear specialists, contribute to development of their potential and to successful career building in STEM professions.