The only Pakistani women astronomer Dr Tayyaba Zafar selected for an Antarctic research excursion under the Homeward Bound programme to ascertain new horizons and explore the world.
For the programme around 80 women were selected from 26 countries. The programme aims to increase the leverage and impact of woman global leaders and involve specialists in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Dr Tayyaba while talking to correspondent said that under the programme, she visited Antarctica for three weeks that was a great experience for her. She has loved astronomy since her childhood and taken inspiration from the stars, sky and galaxies.
Tayyaba has visited different places affected by climate change. She along with other women scientists covered everything from different species colonies to country bases, melting glaciers, zodiac jaunt and whale watching.
“Women of Pakistan got success in every walk of life but, unfortunately, they could not enter the field of science. Women should come in the field of science. Subjects of science and astronomy are not only for men. Women should come forward and compete with male”, she added.