Welcome to the WESTEM-project.
WESTEM, is an Erasmus+ project running between 2022 - 2024, it will enable opportunities for girls and women to gain the skills and confidence to succeed in STEM. It also aims to increase the awareness of the gender gap in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It is mainly focused on creating a platform for empowering young women to take the steps into the STEM-field. The project is funded by the European Union.
Disproportions of representation of women in STEM, as other inequalities, affect overall economic growth in many countries, in addition to difficult social issues it entails, as the Global Sustainable Development Report (2019) acknowledges, based on robust empirical evidence.
The STEM Gap is not easy to tackle, and requires sustainable strategies for long term impact. In WESTEM, the intention is to set the tone for such a path, through meaningful support and services.
The following concrete objectives are envisaged in WESTEM:
Enable opportunities for girls and women to gain the skills and confidence to succeed in STEM.
Develop a self-assessment tool for assessing HEIs faculty readiness in promoting participation of women in STEM fields of study
Develop and apply suitable professional development and training to faculty to promote inclusive STEM education and support for women coming from marginalised backgrounds.
Attract, recruit and retain women into STEM majors and fields in colleges and universities through dedicated role model mentoring schemes.