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)

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

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.
 

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Published in 2016 by UNESCO Bangkok, 920 Sukhumvit Road, Phra Khanong, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand.

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Related publication: A Complex Formula: Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia

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