Evidence for Advocacy: Closing the STEM representation gap in Albania – Policy Brief

Evidence for Advocacy: Closing the STEM representation gap in Albania – Policy Brief

Evidence for Advocacy: Closing the STEM representation gap in Albania – Policy Brief

STEM education is highly important to ensure sustainable and comprehensive social and economic development. As STEM careers are in high demand, the remuneration stemming from STEM employment is higher than other careers. Furthermore, digitalization and innovation provide a growing array of lucrative employment opportunities for STEM employees, creating an income gap between these sectors and the rest, making STEM careers even more lucrative. Considering the importance of STEM education and careers, diversity in these fields is of utmost importance. Furthermore, it can be argued that the under-representation of women in these sectors contributes to an increasing income gap, leading to overall higher disparities and slowing women’s social and economic empowerment. Gender stereotyping presents a serious obstacle to achieving real gender equality and feeds into gender discrimination (COE). Also, stereotyping is further fed by the underrepresentation of women in STEM. Considering that the latter is traditionally considered men-dominated, challenges for women in STEM become even harder, requiring both soft and hard measures.

This Policy Brief seeks to provide recommendations to key policy and decision-making actors in undertaking measures that facilitate the increase in the representation of Albanian women and girls in STEM.

This policy brief is prepared by the Center Science and Innovation for Development (SCiDEV) and its flagship initiative, the Network of Albanian Women in STEM, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and AWEN, and pro bono contribution of members of the Network of Albanian Women in STEM.

Read the policy brief “Evidence for Advocacy: Closing the STEM representation gap in Albania” here.