by UNDP Europe and Central Asia



October 12, 2021


Join the Network of Albanian Women in STEM honoring #AdaLovelaceDay on 12 Oct. 18.00 CET by celebrating #AlbanianWomeninSTEM in two events aimed at increasing their representation in the #digitalspace:


18:00 - 19:00 CET:  #STEMspresso Episode 5 with Sidorela Uku and Silva Arapi

19:00 - 21:00 CET:  #editathon to increase the visibility of Albanian Women in STEM in SQ Wikipedia





#ALD21 #WomeninSTEM





September 23




Beyond the practical and moral imperative to empower women in the workplace and ensure equal access to opportunity for low-income women is ample evidence of a business and societal imperative as well. According to a 2018 McKinsey study, companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21% more likely to outperform on profitability and 27% more likely to have superior value creation. Moreover, research has shown the more women in the workforce, the more per capita income rises.


This session brings together representatives from companies, investors and UNDP to promote the business case for gender equality in business and tools and resources available to help businesses achieve their gender goals and help women in business thrive.


September 17, 2021



STEM4ALL: Accelerating gender equality UNDP Europe and Central Asia regional conference / STEM4ALL: Продвижение гендерного равенства




The conference will present research and case studies unpacking the root causes underlying the low participation of girls and women in STEM industries and academia. As part of UNDP’s goal to promote STEM4ALL, it will showcase best practices and offer policy recommendations to accelerate gender equality in STEM from various perspectives (global, regional, country, and grassroots). The conference is an open call for more countries to join the action-based learning network and storytelling campaign of gender champions in STEM. We are honored to host Ms. Asel Kenenbaeva, Deputy Minister of Digital Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Assistant UN Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia, and other guest speakers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.


Цель конференции – представить практические примеры и исследования, раскрывающие причины того, почему меньше девочек и женщин выбирают и продвигаются в STEM индустрии. На конференции будут продемонстрированы лучшие практики, включая политические рекомендации и вмешательства, направленные на увеличение представленности девочек и женщин в сфере STEM. В конференции примут участие Асель Кененбаева, заместитель министра цифрового развития Кыргызской Республики, Мирьяна Сполярич Эггер, помощница Генерального секретаря ООН и директор Регионального бюро ПРООН для Европы и Центральной Азии, а также другие приглашенные докладчики из Азербайджана, Беларуси, Казахстана и Кыргызстана.


Related links:


Keynote speech by Ms Mirjana Spoljaric Egger video

Dr Julia Lee’s presentation video

Presentation videos

Full recording of the Conference



June 24, 2021


On June 24, 2021, UNDP Europe and Central Asia hosted a live chat with Dr. Amina Mirsakiyeva on Instagram. Dr. Mirsakiyeva is a researcher for Carl Zeiss AG, champion of women in STEM, and founder of both kzphdgirlsunion for women scientists from Kazakhstan and podcast Belka and Strelka.


You can watch a recording from the event here:



May 5, 2021




Mothers in Science organized a conference that brought together STEMM students and professionals, non-profit organizations, research institutions and science societies to discuss the structural barriers holding mothers back and to brainstorm long-term actionable solutions to close the gender gap in STEMM. Policies and interventions for supporting mothers in STEMM during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic also had been discussed. In a session focused on promoting systemic change, leading experts will highlight current research on gender policy and the mechanisms of workforce inequality. Finally, all participants were invited to join an open webinar to discuss these issues and brainstorm ideas for building an inclusive system for everyone in STEMM.  You can watch recordings from the conference here.



April 22, 2021



Thanks to all who helped make this year's International Girls in ICT Day webinar event, "Girls in Tech: Central Asia" a success!

On April 22, 2021, 120 girls and women in Central Asia joined us while leaders in the tech industries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan shared experiences, offered tips for success as women in ICT, and answered questions in interactive breakout sessions. You can watch a recording of the event.



April 22, 2021


On April 22, 2021, Leyla Seyidzade of UNDP Azerbaijan discusses "Women in ICT" with CISCO Network Specialist Bacikhanim Sheydabeyova.  The STEM Talks project is implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID / Azerbaijan).  You can watch a recording of this discussion here.