June 23, 2021
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Science, Technology, and Innovation. A project of the Global Girls Collaborative and Futuristas.

International Women in Engineering Day
June 23, 2021
International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world. Visit their website for #INWED21 Resources.

Spotlight
Women, STEM, and COVID-19

As we come to grips with still emerging repercussions of the pandemic, we are learning more about the impact on women in STEM careers, as well as the consequences for girls of existing disparities in access to science, technology, and education more broadly. As we seek to promote girls and young women in STEM, there are new challenges, lessons and some opportunities that have come with this global crisis. Recently, several articles and reports have been published drawing attention to these issues and a selection of their findings follow. Read more.
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EVENTS
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Generation Equality Forum
Paris, France: June 30 – July 2, 2021
A milestone event for global action and investment in gender equality, the Generation Equality Forum is hosted by the governments of Mexico and France and convened by UN Women. Registration is free and gives participants virtual access to all meetings, speeches, and events. Registration deadline is June 27, 2021.

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International STEM in Education Conference
Online: July 5-9, 2021
The 2021 conference theme "Changing the Story", provides opportunities to highlight and examine STEM Education that complements common themes of improving academic performance and/or directing students into STEM fields and careers. The theme encourages highlighting STEM Education research that breaks new ground and offers new directions for innovative research, research methodologies, and teaching approaches. Learn more.

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Girl Up Global Leadership Summit
Online: July 13-14, 2021
This year’s summit, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Leading the Way to Social Change, celebrates girl leaders, youth activists, and thought leaders committed to gender equality. Participants will gain leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, and interact with diverse changemakers. The Summit strives to empower, educate, and embolden the potential of every girl in attendance. Register.

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Network Gender & STEM Conference
Sydney, Australia: July 29-31, 2021
This conference brings together researchers, educators, policymakers, industry representatives, and the public to interrogate person- in-context influences towards, or away from, diverse STEM pathways across stages and settings. Registration ends June 30, 2021. Learn more.

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Technovation World Summit
Online: August 12-13, 2021
Technovation’s World Summit is a global event at the intersection of girls, technology, education, entrepreneurship, and social good – examining the past and redefining the future. This year Technovation is celebrating its 15 year anniversary. Learn more.

RESOURCES
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EarthEcho International
EarthEcho’s Virtual Career Connections showcases diverse, female professionals in STEM careers during dynamic, 45-minute virtual events. Each conversation focuses on women in STEM as the STEMExplore Mentor shares her personal journey and the positive influences that helped her to realize her professional capabilities. Past events are available to view on EarthEcho International’s website.

Gender Scan 2021 Survey
Gender Scan research is an international study that examines the role of women in scientific and technology professions. Among its goals is to raise the profile of women working in cutting-edge technology and science research sectors. The Gender Scan 2021 online survey is available until July 2021. Designed and developed by experts and associations from around the world, the survey gives a voice to students, researchers, entrepreneurs, the self-employed and employees about the reality faced by each, and the impact of COVID-19.
Mobile Gender Gap Report 2021
The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2021 highlights how the mobile gender gap continues to improve in South Asia, but less so in other regions. It explores the key barriers preventing women’s equal access to mobile internet as well as the rise of women’s smartphone ownership, notably in India.
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​Sparking Lives
Founded by Varshini Odayar, a student at Harvard University studying Neuroscience and Anthropology, Sparking Lives is a nonprofit with the mission of empowering young girls and children globally through education and career counseling, medical support, and mental health resources. Varshini recently contributed a quest blog to the National Girls Collaborative, titled: Empowering Girls Globally through Education and Support.

STARportal
The STARportal is Australia’s first centralised national portal for exciting and engaging STEM activities from around the country. This searchable database connects parents, students and teachers with their local and online STEM activities in real time.
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Tech Girls Movement Foundation
The Tech Girls Movement Foundation campaigns for a future where women will lead and innovate across STEM fields, thus empowering themselves, and bringing broader social and economic benefits. Their mission is to champion Australian school girls using hands-on learning to transform their future and encourage equity in the technology industry. Their principles are reinforced by the Tech Girls are Superheroes children’s books which are distributed free to schools and portray female STEM industry professionals at the vanguard of solving authentic problems.

UNESCO Report: COVID 19, technology-based education and disability: the case of Bangladesh, emerging practices in inclusive digital learning for students with disabilities
This study sheds light on Bangladesh’s initiatives in the area of disability-inclusive education. The particular focus is on the role of its Accessible Reading Materials (ARM) initiative and how this has contributed to ensuring disability-inclusive and accessible education during the pandemic. The main challenge in Bangladesh is that most publications remain locked in printed form or non-Unicode colonial font, and are inaccessible to persons with disabilities. This situation became more pronounced following the countrywide lock-down and related closures of educational institutions. As a result of the closures, Bangladesh’s millions of schoolchildren found themselves deprived of learning materials. Learn more.
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