Welcome to the Women in STEAM & STEAM for Women page!

Women’s access to STEAM and their participation in national science, technology and innovation systems are necessary for us to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The Agenda 2030 with its SDGs will govern the work of the global community for the next 15 years. The inclusion of the gender goal (SDG5) and gender sensitive targets throughout the other SDGs have helped position gender equality and women’s empowerment as a key lever for Agenda 2030. 

At the same time, science, technology and innovation (SDG9) are key to ensuring successful implementation of this Agenda. If addressed in concerted manner—by promoting women in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) and STEAM for women—SDG5 and SDG9 would have a much larger change to be achieved by 2030. This was specifically addressed in SDG5: Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.

Many of us experience the influence of science, technology and innovation (STI) on a daily basis across many of aspects of our lives, from personal well-being, to learning, participation, livelihoods, environment and social life. Youth in particular are highly engaged in STIs and focusing on young women can help us reach scalable results in this area.

STIs have potential for not only making incremental progress in the everyday lives of women but also as the source for truly disruptive and game changing solutions. Therefore, the ability of women to access, benefit from, develop and influence these sectors will directly impact whether we achieve our goals of Planet 50:50 by 2030. If women are left out of these 21st century revolutions, we will not achieve substantive gender equality by then.

With collaboration with partners, UN Women is working to position women as beneficiaries and contributors to and leaders of STI for the achievement of Agenda 2030 and as a core driver of gender equality. The gaps and barriers are significant but so too is the collective determination to overcome them. With a concerted focus on youth, we work through advocacy, policy, and programmatic measures. We also participate in UN bodies, such as the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. 

We invite you to join our efforts from the global to the national to the local level and make this vision a reality.

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