ILO spotlights gender imbalance in science and technology

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Girls enjoying the practical part of math class

Careers in science and technology are increasing, but the International Labour Organization (ILO) says women and girls are in danger of being shut out of these opportunities.

The ILO finds women tend to be overrepresented in areas such as the humanities and the social sciences, and the agency has launched a new manual to address progress in achieving gender equality.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez spoke to Jane Hodges, Director of the Bureau for Gender Equality at the ILO in Geneva, Switzerland.

She says pervasive attitudes about gender roles contribute to the imbalance in fields such as engineering, computer science and the physical sciences.

Duration: 4’49″

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