STEM for girls and women in the Asia-Pacific region

STEM for girls and women in the Asia-Pacific region

In many countries, women make up a majority of university graduates, but they are still in the minority when it comes to completing STEM degrees. A number of socio-cultural, psychological, educational and labour market barriers prevent girls and women from reaching their potential in STEM education and careers. Research from across the disciplines continues to address this systemic inequality by shaping STEM education policy, addressing harmful stereotypes and, most importantly, informing women and girls about their potential to excel in these fields.

Within its role for the global SDG4-Education 2030 agenda and global priority to mainstream gender equality, UNESCO seeks to empower girls and women through STEM education, with initiatives such as the STEM and Gender Advancement (SAGA) project and the UNESCO-L’Oréal “For Women in Science” Programme.

In addition to these initiatives, UNESCO research into gender equality and STEM includes “Cracking the Code: Girls’ and Women’s Education in STEM”, UNESCO’s 2017 global report highlighting the barriers impeding girl’s and women’s engagement in and contributions to STEM fields worldwide. This was built on the pioneering work in the Asia-Pacific region contained in the regional report “A Complex Formula: Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia”, which looked at cases from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam. While these studies have provided valuable insights, there is a need to collect more relevant data to understand the depth and nature of inequality in these fields.

What is the project? – UNESCO Bangkok’s Asia-Pacific Regional Research Project on STEM Education for Girls and Women. UNESCO Bangkok is gathering research from across Asia-Pacific on girls and women in STEM to be published in an edited volume of research in early 2020. In addition, selected researchers will attend an expert meeting in late 2019 to share their findings.

Who is the project designed for? – This is call for research submissions for academics, researchers and organizations/NGOs/institutes who have conducted or are currently doing research on girls/women in STEM or implementing projects that impact girls/women in STEM.

How to submit your research? – Please review the Call for Submissions of Research and complete the Submission Template to submit your research synopsis in the following online form:

Deadline: Friday, 31 May 2019