I am Haddy Jawla a WASCAL Master’s Alumnus in informatics for climate change at the Université Joseph KI-ZERBO, Burkina Faso. It’s a great pleasure for me as a female scientist to celebrate this special day that has been set aside specifically for women in science and I feel elated.

Climate change is the biggest challenge faced by the planet, Technology such as machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is one of the best solutions that can be utilized to solve some major climate-related problems. The advocacy to mitigate and adapt to climate change has been my passion for the past few years and as a graduate in informatics for climate change, it has enabled me to have the opportunity to understand what climate change is, and how to mitigate and adapt to climate change using technology. I have had the experience of using computational skills and tools to combat climate. This has helped in predicting and projection of climate change in various sectors like disaster, agriculture, environment, and health, among others. Modeling climate change will give predictions on what would help in policy-making and advising.

I plan to use Artificial Intelligence models that would predict flooding, develop risk maps, and reduction of environmental disasters to advise the government on policies and how to come up with necessary drainage systems to avoid disasters. I have worked on projects that have provided solutions to our environment. Also, I would like to work on early warning systems. I have come a long way to achieve my dream of climate change.

I am proud to be a female scientist in this field, I have achieved some of my dreams and I believe to achieve more and be fulfilled.