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Accelerating women’s advancement in STEM: Emerging lessons on network strategies and approaches

Accelerating women’s advancement in STEM: Emerging lessons on network strategies and approaches

This report showcases the diversity of networks working to advance women’s participation and leadership in STEM in South East and East Asia, examines the successful—and often innovative—strategies these networks are using to achieve their missions, and highlights emerging lessons for developing, funding, and strengthening these networks.

Networks, both formal and informal, play a pivotal role in helping girls and women enter and succeed in STEM fields. They do this by facilitating peer support, role models, mentorship and sponsorship, opportunities for technical and soft skills development, knowledge exchange and collaboration, visibility, and more.

The report also examines the key operational, programmatic, and structural limitations that women-in- STEM networks face as they work to bring more women into STEM fields and support women to advance in STEM careers. The primary challenge that networks face are financial and human resource constraints: these factors can limit the effectiveness and sustainability of networks and pose challenges for the management of successful networks, if, and when, they scale. A lack of diversity within networks can also be a challenge, and a lost opportunity —particularly when it means that network members have limited access to powerholders.

CONTENTS

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
    • Barriers to Women’s Participation in STEM
    • Effective Network Approaches: Addressing Barriers to Entering and Advancing in STEM
    • Limitations of Networks
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Recommendations for Women-in-STEM Networks
    • Recommendations for Private Sector Companies
    • Recommendations for Government
  • CONCLUSION
    • Endnotes
  • THE ASIA FOUNDATION’S WOMEN-IN-STEM NETWORK MAPPING


This report was originally published on the Asia Foundation Website

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