Gender discrimination limits socio-economic growth, warns report

‘Gender discrimination practices truly limit the ability of many developing countries to grow and reduce poverty,’ warns a report released in October 2007 by UNESCO. ‘Much talent is being wasted as girls turn away from S&T careers and as women in S&T become discouraged by discriminatory treatment.’ The report also notes that ‘differences between girls and boys in performance at school are more linked to home and school environments than dependent on innate differences.’ It is thus hardly surprising that ‘women scientists are more likely than their male counterparts to have at least one parent who is a scientist.’ Science, Technology and Gender has been coordinated by UNESCO’s Division for Science Policy and Sustainable Development. Based on empirical research and data, the report incorporates substantive input from institutions involved in science and technology (S&T), gender studies and policy. Published in English, the report aims to spur serious discussion and action in national and international scientific and academic communities, in order to increase women’s participation in S&T careers, enable sex-disaggregated data collection and rigorous research development, and build public awareness of gender issues.

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Read the Editorial on The Glass Ceiling and about the difficulties statisticians encounter in measuring the place of women in science, in the April 2007 issue of UNESCO’s journal, A World of Science (English - français - español).

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For further information, contact Sarah Colautti
Secretarial Assistant
Division for Science Policy and Capacity-Building

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