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Ensure greater equality in STEM fields for women and girls to benefit fully as scientists, students and citizens: UNESCO and UN Women
On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science this year, in their joint message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO urged the world community to ensure greater equality in STEM fields for women and girls to benefit fully as scientists, students and citizens.

"Women's and girls' voices and expertise in science, technology and innovation are vital to bring solutions to the disruptive change in our rapidly evolving world. We urgently need to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and actively promote gender equality in science, technology and innovation careers," they stated.

They drew attention towards current problems for women in important jobs like engineering, with poor retention, advancement, and reintegration after maternity leave leading to a yawning gender gap that reflects significant issues like job segregation, and unfavourable working conditions.

In their joint messaged, they added, "By harnessing the creativity and innovation of all women and girls in science, and properly investing in inclusive STEM education, research and development and science, technology and innovation ecosystems, we have an unprecedented opportunity to leverage the potential of  the Fourth Industrial Revolution to benefit society."

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