The award is also to recognize ‘Merck More than a Mother’ which aims to empower infertile women in Liberia and across the African continent.
Receiving his award Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp said: “I am very proud to receive this African Medal of Honour which is very important for Merck as a leading company in science and technology as it recognizes its commitment to Africa’s social and economic development.”
“Real economic growth and prosperity that will ensure not only all basic needs but also quality of life for African people can never be achieved without the economic empowerment of women and youth. Therefore we firmly support these programs to build capacity and empower women and youth in Africa,” emphasized Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp.
“As a Ministry we have made a decision to partner with ‘Merck STEM Program’ to empower our girls in science and technology. This program is very important for Liberia and Her Excellency President of Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is very interested to make this program a great success,” Liberia’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Cassell emphasized.
“To mark International Women’s Day and in recognition of the important role women can play in the economic and social development of Africa, Merck is empowering women and girls to participate in STEM where they are currently under-represented, through the ‘Merck STEM Program’. We are especially women at Merck very proud of this award because it is from our role model, Africa’s First Female president and Head of State of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”, explained Dr Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer of Merck Healthcare.
Merck inaugurated this initiative at Victoria Tolbert School in Liberia where it equipped its library with computer and science labs to encourage young girls to study science and technology and become the future physicians, scientists and engineers.
STEM Project by Merck is the first external support Victoria Tolbert School gets since its establishment by Her Excellency the head of state of Liberia for underprivileged and vulnerable girls.