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Workplaces need to act now to ensure they are not losing out on the hard fought gains for women in STEM

Launch of the “Impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce | Asia-Pacific”

The Australian Academy of Science, with support from the Australian Government, has produced a snapshot of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The report captures the lived experiences of women and highlights that important gains in equality may be lost without action.

The report was launched on July 13th with a panel of STEM leaders from across the region. These included Project Committee chair Professor Cheryl Praeger AC FAA, the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Dr Judith Zubieta Garcia, a researcher at the Institute for Social Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mrs Hazami Habib, Chief Executive Officer, Academy of Science Malaysia, and Professor Patricio Felmer from the University of Chile.

Panelists discussed the report’s findings and measures to achieve equity in the Asia-Pacific the region can future-proof and enhance a diverse STEM workforce in the Asia-Pacific. A recording of the event is available here.

Watch the video launching the report below.

Gender inequality has been a feature of STEM workplaces for decades now and it's a problem that's only been exacerbated by the current pandemic. We need to act now to ensure that workplaces are not losing out on the hard fought gains for women in STEM.
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
Australia's Women in STEM Ambassador

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