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"Gender-bias" in textbooks keeping girls out of science. Photo: UNESCO/Justin Mott

"Gender-bias" in textbooks keeping girls out of science

"Gender-bias" in textbooks is keeping girls from pursuing a career in science, maths and technology according to a professor of sociology based in the United States.

Rae Lesser Blumberg wrote a study for the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, on how gender-based discrimination in education is driving women and girls away from subjects that they otherwise may excel in.

Professor Blumberg was recently at UN Headquarters.

Cathrine Hasselberg asked her how gender bias is affecting both girls and boys.

Universities in Europe are being urged to promote more women to professorial level. Photo: UNDP

 

Universities in Europe urged to promote more women

Universities in Europe are being urged to promote more women to professorial level.

According to a university teachers union in Ireland, women occupy just 19 per cent of senior academic posts across the continent.

Joan Donegan is the Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers.

Daniel Dickinson asked her what challenges her union faces.

Initiative in Kenya to empower women. Photo: UNDP Kenya (file)

 

Kenya emerges as "reference point" for women's empowerment

Initiatives that are being taken in Kenya to empower women and other disadvantaged sectors of society can serve as lessons for other countries.

That's the view of Anne Waiguru, the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning of the East African country.

She was recently in New York. Grece Kaneiya caught up with her to find out what Kenya is doing to empower women.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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