The Council called to scale up measures to enforce the principle of equal pay and to promote equality in education and employment in order to address labour market segregation, especially in the STEM sector
In its Draft Conclusions of May 29, the Council addressed the gender pay gap, whose reduction is also one of the priority areas identified by the European Commission in its Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016-2019.
The Council invited the Member States to focus on the reconciliation of work and private life and on the promotion of equality in education and employment. The main obstacles remain to provide an unbiased education at all levels (including equal access to vocational education, training and lifelong learning) and the choice of educational and employment fields not based on stereotypes, with the STEM and ICT sectors being highly critical.
The lack of inclusiveness in STEM deprives the European economy of precious talents and is caused by systemic issues that discourage women from choosing STEM jobs throughout their life and career, also because of persisting gender stereotypes and lack of interactive teaching methods to lack of role-models and encouragement.
CSR Europe, together with Johnson &Johnson, Samsung, Amgen and IBM, have created a collaborative platform, Together for STEM, to empower and inspire STEM talent in an inclusive way. Our mission is to accelerate and scale up business initiatives to promote diversity and inclusiveness in STEM education and professions through sustainable business collaboration in Europe.