Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM: SheSTEM Launches Business Case Report

LightCastle Editorial Wing
July 2, 2024

In Bangladesh, the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields remains a significant challenge, with only 14% female participation in such roles. This disparity reflects broader gender inequalities in education and the workforce, impacting the country’s potential for inclusive economic development. The SheSTEM Business Case Report, based on insights from over 700 STEM students, presents a compelling case to stakeholders on the importance of investing in women in STEM. The report explores the obstacles female STEM professionals face in Bangladesh and offers strategic solutions to address these challenges.

On Wednesday, 8th May, Her Excellency Irma van Dueren, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh, and Honorable State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications, and Information Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, came together to launch the SheSTEM Business Case Report.

The event included an interactive panel discussion titled “How Private and Public Organizations, Universities, and Development Partners Can Strengthen Female STEM Participation,” attended by representatives from the private sector, academia, and the embassy. The program also featured a keynote presentation highlighting the report’s findings. Furthermore, the event welcomed SheSTEM collaborators, including key academic and industry partners, underscoring a strengthened commitment to advancing gender equality in STEM education and career opportunities.

The Honorable State Minister emphasized the critical importance of gender equity for Bangladesh, reflecting on the visionary legacy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He stated, “Inspired by Bangabandhu’s vision, we strive for equitable distribution of scientific advancements to foster global equity and peace.”

The State Minister highlighted the transformative impact witnessed over the past 15 years, particularly under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Initiatives like ‘She Power’ and ‘Her Power’ have empowered thousands of women, catalyzing their journey as freelancers and entrepreneurs, and significantly contributing to our national economy. Looking ahead, the State Minister reaffirmed the commitment to equipping the next generation with frontier technology skills to lead Bangladesh towards a smart and innovative future.

During her address, Her Excellency emphasized the Netherlands’ commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment, underscoring the potential of initiatives like SheSTEM to advance the vision of Smart Bangladesh championed by Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

She highlighted the importance of creating opportunities and a supportive environment for women to contribute equally in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) sector, thereby fostering national development.

Published BY: LightCastle Editorial Wing

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