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Science and gender: facts and figures


The most recent report (2019, with data from 2017) from UNESCO on the education of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), mentions that education in these subjects can provide those who study them with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to create inclusive and sustainable societies. Especially, when many of the jobs projected for the future (and which perhaps still do not even exist) can be derived from these disciplines. According to this report (which is based on a review of national data from more than 120 countries, literature, results of transnational surveys and other sources), although access to education for girls and young people has improved worldwide, Important inequities persist at the local, country and regional levels. For example, in southern and western Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States, more boys than girls complete secondary education, while in Latin America and the Caribbean the opposite is true.