The wife of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, attended and addressed the event “Global Women’s Breakfast” at the Institute of Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Initiator of this global event is IUPAC – the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry, to which the Association of Technicians and Technologists of Macedonia has joined for the second time, and is held under the motto “Building Links for Creating Future Leaders”.
“I have no doubt that this local and national networking, which will continue to grow internationally, will contribute to building future leaders in science as well as in other walks of life. Women’s leadership, especially in science, is something that is essential for this society and for humanity in general”, the President’s wife said.
Speaking about the challenges of women in the academic community, Gjorgievska told the attendees that she knows the efforts every woman professor is making to be as respected and valued as her colleagues, noting that full gender equality in politics, business, science still needs to be worked on, but also in our thinking, mentality and culture of living.
“What I want to emphasize in particular is the fight for equality in quality, not quantity. It is not about quotas, about the number of women, but about fighting for real values, equality of quality staff. I have no doubt that we have excellent potential, that we have female leaders who can lead the development of our science as well as be leaders in the social processes. It is precisely with women’s care, thoroughness, love that we will achieve progress and prosperity for the whole community”, the President’s wife said.
The idea for this breakfast is to bring together women active in the field of chemistry and related sciences, employed in different types of organizations – universities, companies, schools, private and public sector laboratories, to share their different career experiences and see opportunities for future cooperation.