“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
Dr. Saule Zholdayakova is Acting Head of Department of Alternative Energy (Hydrogen Energy Competence Center) and the Head of Hydrogen Technologies Research Laboratory at KMG Engineering in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. In addition to her work to transform her nation’s energy usage and transition Kazakhstan away from fossil fuels, she is also striving to challenge gender norms and promote the inclusion of women in STEM fields.
Tatjana Kecojević discusses the importance of networking opportunities for women in STEM fields.
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.
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.
UNDP STEM4ALL platform invited key stakeholders to co-design solutions
Here are six key takeaways from the event on the opportunities and practicalities around girls entering - and thriving - in STEM fields.
STEM4ALL curates resources and tools that guide the private sector, policy makers, educators, parents and caregivers to build diverse, equitable and inclusive STEM ecosystems.