Equality in STEM subjects could generate billions in economic growth
The European Parliament is one of the institutions supporting women’s entry into the tech sector, by addressing the under-representation of women in STEM subjects in both colleges and the labour market.
It just adopted a report calling for EU Member States to do more to encourage women to pursue an education and a career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).
Spanish MEP Susana Solís Pérez, who steered the report through Parliament in June, says the issue is not only a matter of justice, but the way to intensify Europe’s scientific and technical development – and could generate billions in economic growth.
Her report also calls for more financing for female start-up entrepreneurs and innovators.
Only 2% of EU start-up funding goes to all-female-led companies - and COVID-19 has worsened inequality.
The European Commission and EU Member States need to facilitate better access for women to existing financing, create special new funds for them and look for innovative ways of financially supporting women to help them overcome the barriers they face, the report says.
Equality in distribution of cohesion funds
MEPs adopted a second report on gender equality and financing at their June plenary session, this time concerning the EUR 63 billion Cohesion Fund for closing the economic and social gaps between EU regions.
They want EU Member States to make greater efforts to include women in all stages of the Cohesion Policy cycle, especially in the development of programmes, decision-making processes and implementation of selected projects.
Read the report on Promoting Gender Equality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Careers by Spanish MEP Susana Solís Pérez.
And the report on The Gender Dimension in Cohesion Policy by Austrian MEP Monika Vana.