Girls don't want to be "geeks"

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Atefeh "Atti" Riazi. UNTV (video capture)

Girls don't want to be portrayed as "geeks" and that is turning them away from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

That's what the head of the UN Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), Atefeh "Atti" Riazi on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed this Thursday.

Geeks are often portrayed as people who are very intelligent but socially awkward and unpopular.

Ms Riazi told Alex King that the media was responsible for this negative stereotype.

Duration: 5'50''

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