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10-year plan to break down gender barriers
A 10-year-plan to boost the participation of women in STEM is being developed by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, alongside the Academy of Science.
And we’re calling on Australians to submit their views on the barriers and enablers women face in these sectors.
Feedback on the discussion paper will inform a 10-year roadmap for sustained increases in engagement and participation of girls and women in STEM.
Read the discussion paper
Academy CEO Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE said the decadal plan was vital to create gender equity for all career stages for women in STEM.
“Women in STEM are met with hurdles in their career progression as they navigate the often archaic systems that don’t cater to establishing and growing a diverse workforce,” she said.
“The decadal plan is not only about ensuring equal representation in STEM, but also about amplifying diverse perspectives so Australia’s innovation can thrive.
“The Academy is proud to be a partner in this important project.”
The expected outcomes of the Women in STEM 10-year roadmap are:
Sustained improvements in gender equity in STEM
Increased opportunity for women and girls to gain STEM skills and participate in STEM careers
Increased benefits to business and society from increased access to STEM skills and a diverse workforce
The plan is an initiative from the 2018-19 budget, announced by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.
“Getting more girls and women studying and working in STEM is a priority for the Government. We made an investment in the Budget and this consultation is an important step,” Minister Andrews said.
“Increasing participation in STEM by girls and women isn’t just about equity and individual opportunity: it is about the strength of Australia’s research and our scientific and business capability.”
We define women in this plan to include all cisgender, transgender, non-binary and intersex persons who identify as girls or women.
The Women in STEM Decadal Plan is being overseen by an
Expert Working Group
Consultation workshops will be held in each state and territory through September and October 2018.
Find dates and venues for consultation workshops here
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