United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)


Kezia Yemima Tuju

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The Position Paper of the Kingdom of Netherlands

Empowering Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Delegate for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Jakarta Model United Nations

Your Excellency,

The awareness of a need for equality has achieved progress on women’s rights and empowerment into a new level. Yet, there are still lags in women’s participation in education particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Women are vulnerable to receiving a certain amount of gender bias through the negative stereotypes which induce social barriers that push woman out of the field. On the top of that, male-dominated setting of fields limits women from obtaining equal access and opportunities to exude the prospects they had in STEM education and in the labour market. Understanding the foundational problems, gender sensitivity is determined by the influence of parenting and ethnic background, education system and also societal context.

Perceiving the weight, it has become of interest to Netherlands to eradicate the gender sensitivity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Netherlands believes that gender equality is the prominent factor of economic independence. Thus, increasing the number of women at work will likely reduce the financial risks caused by economic dependency on males in the family. It is clearly shown by the Gender Gap Index 2016, which puts Netherlands at the 16th rank due to our excellent score contribution in education. In the last three decades since the implementation of our women’s emancipation policy, we have generated progressive changes in the participation of girls in STEM education - especially for secondary and terti...