United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)
United States


Jovita Kartika

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Country: United States of America

Committee: United Nations Commision on the Status of Women

Topic: Empowering Women in STEM/STEAM

From different viewpoints of religion, tradition and other beliefs, women have always somehow been portrayed as the inferior gender. Conforming to the stereotypical gender roles imposed by our culture and tradition, a lot of women have wasted their potentials and talents in the field of STEM/STEAM to carry out duties such as housekeeping and caretaking. Although these may be part of our ancestors’ culture and tradition, USA believes that we should shatter these stereotypes on women to move forward in this developing world.

“These traditions may date back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century. These are issues of right and wrong—in any culture. But they’re also issues of success and failure. Any nation that fails to educate its girls or employ its women and allow them to maximize their potential is doomed to fall behind in a global economy.” – Former President Barack Obama in Nairobi, Kenya on July 26, 2015


USA believes that the problem with women in the area of STEM/STEAM is not the lack of capability, but the lack of role models to look up to as the STEM/STEAM field is highly dominated with males. In a workplace where females are highly outnumbered by males, USA understands that there is a higher risk of gender-based violence, thus some women are discouraged to enter the STEM/STEAM field in the workforce in concern of their safety and protection. USA also believes that the gender wage gap actively contributes to the low number of women with careers in the field of STEM/STEAM, as many women choose to find better wages in other fields. The field of STEM/STEAM is also often stereotypically labeled as “unfemi...