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End gender bias and invest more in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education of girls: UN chief Antonio Guterres
The new UN chief Antonio Guterres urged the world community to end gender bias and go for greater investments in teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to all women and girls as well as equal access to these opportunities.

"For too long, discriminatory stereotypes have prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," stated Guterres in his message on the second edition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS), observed in second week of February while adding that we needed not to 'deny women and girls the chance to realise their potential – and deprive the world of the ingenuity and innovation of half the population'.

Also, the UNESCO's document "Science Report: Towards 2030" was released in early February. According to the report, the female participation is falling in STEM education and computer science which have become important for national economies to grow.

In her message on the Day, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova also called for empowering women and girls to learn and research, and stated, "We must raise awareness about the work of women scientists by providing equal opportunities for their participation and leadership in a broad spectrum of high-level scientific bodies and events."

Of late, UNESCO had been stressing on internet and mobile technologies for girls which could help to 'bridge barriers to education for the 32 million girls who are out of school at the primary level and the 29 million at the lower secondary level'.

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