The project envisions a society where girls confidently lead in STEM entrepreneurship and make significant contributions to their community and the economy. The identified problem is the underrepresentation of women and girls in STEM, which is a deeply rooted and complex social issue. According to recent data from Eurostat, women accounted for 41% of total employment in science and engineering in the EU in 2019, with significant variations among member states.

Recent research and real-world initiatives have shown that gender bias can be reduced, and women’s sense of belonging in STEM fields can be increased. The report on Women and STEM in Europe and Central Asia by the World Bank Group identified effective strategies, including the involvement of female teachers, exposing girls to nontraditional roles, and implementing female peer mentoring.

The project proposal aims to utilize this research and develop a unique approach to increase the participation of girls and young women in STEM studies. The ultimate goal is to contribute to achieving gender equality in STEM, as the current progress suggests that equal rights for men and women will not be realized in the near future. The project intends to make a meaningful impact in addressing gender inequality, particularly in the digital technology and STEM fields.

Start: 01-09-2022

End: 31-08-2024

Project Reference: 2022-1-HR01-KA220-HED-000085120

EU Grant:

Programme:  Erasmus+

Key Action:  Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action Type:  KA220-HED – Cooperation partnerships in higher education

Coordinator: University of Zagreb

Partners: South East European University, The Union of Researchers of Macedonia, SIM-Skopje, Hacettepe University, University of Rijeka, 

SEEU contact person: Vladimir Radevski

Other staff engaged: TBD

SEEU staff research profile #stem #girlsgostem #citizenscience #researchintegrity #ethicsinbusiness  

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Project outputs

1. Promote access to and retention of women in STEM higher education at all levels.

2. Promote gender equality in career progression for scientists and engineers.

3. Change perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, social norms and stereotypes towards women in STEM in society.


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