UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres/Photo: Denis Balibouse / Reuters
UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres/Photo: Denis Balibouse / Reuters

By Victor Ernest With Agency Report.

Antonio Guterres, the UN General Secretary, has called on nations to end the bias preventing women and girls from taking up opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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Guterres gave the advice in his message for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed on Saturday.

He said that for too long, discriminatory stereotypes had prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in STEM.

According to him, as a trained engineer and former teacher, it is a well known fact that these stereotypes are flat wrong.

”I urge commitment to end bias in the opportunities for their careers and longer-term professional advancement, so that all can benefit from their ground-breaking future contributions,” he said.

In her message, Ms Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said that the celebration was an opportunity for all to take a stand for girls and women in science.

According to her, women remain a minority in science research and decision-making.

This throws a shadow over all efforts to reach the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, both of which highlight the key roles of gender equality and science,” she added.