by UNDP Europe and Central Asia


Blog: Unlock women’s potential in STEM and unleash the economies of the Balkans

Posted on Friends of Europe on March 29, 2021


Bharati Sadasivam

Team Leader, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the United Nations Development Programme, Istanbul Regional Hub

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Women have immense untapped potential to contribute – on an equal footing with men – to the growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors.


Dr Özlem Türeci, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of BioNTech, the company that produced the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, has highlighted their gender-balanced team as a critical reason behind “making the seemingly impossible possible – developing a COVID-19 vaccine within 11 months without shortcuts.”


As the pandemic’s cascading impacts continue to roil families and communities, Türeci’s vision is an indispensable one.  Read more.