UN Secretary General Publishes Report on Access and Participation of Women and Girls in Education

UN Secretary General Publishes Report on Access and Participation of Women and Girls in Education, Training, Science and Technology

February 2011 – The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has published a report on Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment in preparation for the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.  In it, he states that women’s access to scientific and technological skills is first and foremost a rights issue, but is also an economic imperative. The report notes that tracking in higher secondary school continues to send girls and boys in different directions and that, while progress has been made at the tertiary level, women continue to be under-represented in fields such as computing and engineering.  The report notes that women also continue to be under-represented in the fields of research and development, whether it be in academia, the public sector or private companies. The report also highlights a number of areas where action by stakeholders, including NGOs is needed if women are to achieve pariety in these fields.GWI has been invited to be the NFA respondent in the official round table where high level government representatives will debate these issues.

For the full report, see: www.graduatewomen.org/wp/docs/2011_CSW_UNSGrpt.pdf

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