“Here are three tips for girls in STEM: First, remember there are no gender boundaries in science. Second, challenge yourself because that will help you to find new horizons. Third, be brave, open up and share your ideas to this wonderful world!”
Zhaniya, 16 years, UniSat Nano-satellite Educational Programme for Girls, Kazakhstan
”My wish is that this will provide a positive message to the young girls who would like to follow the path of science, and to show them that women in science can also have an impact through the research that they are performing.”
Emmanuelle Charpentier, 2020 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are skills in high demand for the workforce of the future. STEM education gives women and girls skills that make them more employable and ready to meet the digital labor demand.
STEM4ALL is a UNDP and UNICEF platform dedicated to accelerating gender equality and the representation of women and girls in STEM to meet the demands of the future of work in Europe and Central Asia.
In the Europe and Central Asia region, the share of women in working in the ICT sector ranges from 23 percent of workers in Turkey to 44 percent in Armenia.
Source: UNDP 2021
Globally, women are underrepresented in STEM sectors. From a young age, girls are discouraged to pursue STEM limiting their options to explore opportunities for these fields as they transition into adolescence and adulthood. Whether it is because of social norms, gender stereotypes, occupational segregation, or exclusionary workplaces, women could fall further behind in the world of work. Learn more about how we can make changes from classroom to boardroom for an equal future in STEM.Learn more
Zhaniya, 16, is a participant in the UniSat educational nano-satellite programme for girls. In 2020, Zhaniya built and launched a nano-satellite into the stratosphere.
Gulshan, 14, lives in the suburb Ak-Orgo. Her goal is to conquer the IT-sphere and make robots that improve people' lives.
Dr Asel Sartbaeva is from Kyrgyzstan and now a researcher and Reader in Chemistry at the University of Bath in the UK
The STEM4ALL platform provides the space to create and share collective knowledge on gender equality issues in STEM in the region among women and girls in STEM fields, academics, policymakers, and the private sector in the form of videos, podcasts, publications and webinars.
Policies in practice: Meet Valeria Ionan, Ministry of Digital Transformation in Ukraine
Connect in STEM! This is the place to learn and share experiences through advocacy, communications, events and podcasts. Recent activities, blogs, videos and other assets will be posted here for you to stay informed, to raise awareness and help advance women and girls in STEM.
The massive job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic (114 million to date) could be offset by the “jobs of tomorrow.”
We are delighted to invite you to our next virtual event, “Women in STEM leading climate action in Europe and Central Asia,” organized by STEM4ALL and the Gender Team at the Istanbul Regional Hub. Please save the date and time: Tuesday, March 8 from 14:00 – 15:20 Istanbul time. The interactive event will: - Highlight the contributions of four women in STEM from the Europe and Central Asia region on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response. - Inspire and advise women and girls in STEM on pursuing and advancing in STEM careers, especially in sustainability and climate action. - Demonstrate the need for an ecosystem (society, private sector, government, educators) and systems approach in STEM fields for a sustainable future.
STEM4ALL curates resources and tools that guide the private sector, policy makers, educators, parents and caregivers to build diverse, equitable and inclusive STEM ecosystems.