Ndoni Mcunu is a young scientist and the co-founder of Black Women in Science (BWIM). It is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote jobs for women in male-dominated industries.
Ndoni Mcunu made it on to the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 Young South Africans which showcases talented and promising leaders.
At the age of 16, Ndoni struggled with math and science in school. This led to her being told she could not become a scientist.
She set out to prove everyone wrong and studied environmental science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She then went on to get her PhD at Wits University.
While trying to get her PhD, Ndoni came across some challenges. Women scientists are hard to find and are rarely recognised in her field of study.
She believes there is not enough help available for women in the science industry.
“There is a lack of mentorship, guidance and support from women already in the industry and for those wanting to enter.”
Ndoni’s business partner also felt the same way hence they founded BWIS so that women could flourish in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“BWIS focuses on creating networks for all university students and rural young black women so that they can gain exposure and support to increase the number of women in science,” says Ndoni.
Scientists usually keep to themselves so Ndoni feels there is a need for the scientific community to unite and create a sisterhood in science.
So what does the young scientist want to achieve? “Ndoni hopes to expand BWIS across Africa and empower other women.”
“Becoming a scientist has expanded my mind and built my confidence in a great manner. I want to ensure that all women have the opportunity of receiving such a privilege.”
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