United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)
New Zealand


Joey Nathanael

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Country: New Zealand

Committee: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Topic Area: Achieving Equality: Empowering Women in STEM/STEAM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) refers to academic fields which involve one of the aforementioned schools as a primary element of the field (e.g. Computer Science, Biological Engineering, etc.) In this current age, women represent a minority in such STEM fields, with only 24 percent of STEM field workers being women in the United States alone, according to surveys. Causes

There are many reasons for this inequality, although it is most commonly attributed to the prevalence of gender stereotypes. Women are commonly held to expectations that they simply aren’t fit to perform well in STEM fields compared to men; Technology and Engineering in particular having the largest gaps in terms of earned degrees. This inequality also increases the rates of workplace discrimination and harassment and creates a more polarizing workplace environment for women, which as a side effect also serves to discourage women from majoring in STEM.


New Zealand has made many strides in the past towards promoting gender equality, including being the first country in the world to grant women to right to vote. New Zealand has signed and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its optional protocol. Laws such as...