22.08.2019 - ED/MTD

UNESCO supports the integration of Dominican women in mathematics

Invited by the School of Mathematics of the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), the Education Programme of the UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the 1st International Integration Meeting of Dominican Women in Mathematics held in Santo Domingo from July 11 to 12, 2019.

The International Science Council (ICSU), in particular its Women in Mathematics Committee sponsored the activity together with UNESCO. There was also the sponsorship of national institutions, among which were the APEC University (UNAPEC), the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (ITSD) and the Technological University of Santiago (UTESA).

The objective was to summon Dominican women who are dedicated to the study of this science to build a space for reflection and support new girls and women to join mathematics, providing not only information and advice, but also serving as positive models and motivating elements for development in the advancement of their peers. Among the proposed goals was the creation of the Network of Mathematical Women of the Dominican Republic (REMUM-RD).

According to UNESCO's flagship report, deciphering the keys: the education of women and girls in STEM matters, only 35% of students enrolled in STEM-related careers in higher education are women, and there are differences between these disciplines. Only 3% of students in higher education, for example, choose to study in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). These gender disparities are alarming because it is considered that, in general, careers linked to STEMs constitute the jobs of the future, the driving force of innovation, social welfare, inclusive growth and sustainable development. UNESCO pays particular attention to these aspects as part of its efforts to promote the empowerment of women and girls through education, and in response to decisions taken by its Member States regarding the role the Organization plays in promoting the leadership of girls and women in the fields of STEM.

This UNESCO participation is carried out in support of the realization of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) to guarantee inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, in particular its goal 3 guaranteeing equal access to technical and higher education.

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