Closing the gender gap in STEM: Drawing more girls and women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (UNESCO Asia-Pacific Education Thematic Brief, August 2016)
A growing demand for professionals in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) is met with a significant labour shortage in these fields. Women are often underrepresented in STEM, and their low levels of participation can be traced back all the way to their school years, where a number of influences from society and culture, education and the labour market are all at play. Based on the findings of UNESCO Bangkok’s 2015 publication - A Complex Formula: Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia – this brief highlights the importance of stimulating, encouraging and supporting fair and equal opportunities for girls to engage in STEM-related subjects at school, and to draw more girls and women into STEM fields of study and professions.
Published in 2016 by UNESCO Bangkok, 920 Sukhumvit Road, Phra Khanong, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand.