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STEM Education for Girls and Women: Breaking Barriers and Exploring Gender Inequality in Asia
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris; Bangkok | 2020 | 235 p.
ISBN 978-92-9223-662-5 (Print); ISBN 978-92-9223-663-2 (Electronic)
Corporate author: 
UNESCO Bangkok
Asia and the Pacific
© UNESCO 2020

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are considered catalysts for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yet, particularly for STEM fields, girls and women, for a multitude of social, cultural and psychological reasons, engage and participate at a lower rate than boys and men. This research collection aims to highlight the contextual barriers that girls and women face in STEM education and careers and offer concrete examples of interventions that successfully encourage participation of girls and women in STEM. These eight case studies from across Asia explore both the barriers and the achievements in SDG 4 and SDG 5, and give context-specific analysis of different aspects of gender disparities in the respective countries.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Human rights / Human dignity
Social justice / Equity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education
Lifelong learning


Gender equality; STEM education; Womens education; Girls education; Gender discrimination