Did you know that the number of female teachers teaching in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) space decreases as educational stages advance? Encouraging more females to study and work in STEM-related careers will mitigate the gender bias inherent in STEM, especially in medical research, where neglecting gender as a determinant has led to negative health outcomes for women. On a larger scale, increasing women in STEM will allow for the accomplishment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5. By addressing the dearth of females working in STEM, we can ignite progress on some of SDG 5’s noteworthy targets from reduced discrimination, ensuring full participation and equal leadership opportunities for women, and enhancing the use of ICT to empower women. Out of 18 countries in Asia, UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics recently reported that only Kazakhstan, Thailand and the Philippines boast an equal.
BLOG SURF: Lean into STEM
Published: 05:05 am Aug 10, 2016