To coincide with International Women’s day, the global communication office of the Japan Prime Minister’s cabinet hosted a webinar. The primary objective of the webinar was to highlight the disparity of gender in STEM careers. The webinar also showcased the achievements of the leading females in the sector.
Experts have come up with causes as well as solutions to boost the overall number of women who are pursuing their STEM careers at universities. They have also transitioned as per the relevant PG fields.
The panellists also agreed to a specific universal barrier that will mitigate the imbalance of gender. Negric Mavalvala from MIT proposed a rebranding strategy for STEM careers. This was done to boost the social impact on the younger generation of women.
Furthermore, Rie Kijima from the University of Toronto, who is also a co-founder of the SKY Labo, proposed near-peer mentorships. In order to boost the probability of women as scientists.
Students are also encouraged to build connections with the women who are currently working in STEM to develop a more accurate understanding.
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The regional director of UNICEF, Debora Comini also focused on the early introduction of STEM careers while highlighting the different programs specifically developed for women.
Comini also said that these efforts will require resources and the proper support from the government. This will boost access to STEM funding.
The director general of the gender equity bureau, Keiko Okada stated that the government of Japan has plans to strengthen the incentives. This will help the universities allocate more resources which will promote women’s empowerment.
She also added that Japan is taking every action to enhance the overall number of women living and studying in STEM.
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