STEMΞquality is a project that will promote education and professional careers in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math) of girls/young women. That will enhance the career opportunities for young women, reduce gender inequalities and will increase women empowerment. The early age differences and choices have a long-term effect on the women’s transition from education to labor market, on their careers and professional development, on wages (adding to the persisting gender wage gaps), but also to the general gender equality and economic and social position of women in the society. The project aims at closing the current gender gaps in the share of women and men STEM graduates among the population. The interventions (activities) within the project should increase the aspiration of young women for STEM education and career, mitigate stereotypes in the society about the gender roles and female- and male-jobs. The gender stereotypes are deeply rooted in the society and start from an early age so that young girls are being raised as to seek security, find a job preferably in a “female” occupation (health, social work, education, or public administration) and not to “dream big”.
The project would be implemented on the territory of two neighboring countries, North Macedonia and Serbia. The proposed initiative will contribute to improving the environment in North Macedonia and Serbia for sustainable socio-economic development and greater use of the potential of young women.