ONLINE EVENT: The Future of Women in STEM – Challenges and Opportunities in LAC


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This event will be held in Spanish.

Although there is still a gender gap in STEM, Coursera’s recent annual Global Skills Report found an increase in female enrollment in science, technology, engineering, and math careers, since 2019. However, within the STEM programs, the study observes an overrepresentation of women in human skill courses (such as user experience or personnel management), while they participate in lower rates than men in areas such as the development of operating systems, big data, or machine learning applications. Several areas in which women are underrepresented coincide with emerging skills that continue to grow in demand in economies around the world and which have the highest potential financial returns. Additionally, the study also highlights a significant gap in the level of skill that women are attaining in some of these key competencies, when compared to male learners.

Based on the findings of this report, the event aims to identify and discuss the challenges and opportunities to close the gaps – not just in access but in specialization and skill levels in key areas – for women in STEM. For this, the discussion panel will include the perspective of regional actors with key roles in the different stages of training and recruitment within women’s trajectory in STEM. The panel also includes representation from several countries – Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and a regional vision.

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We invite participants to submit their questions through the Q&A feature on Zoom or by sending an email to


11:00 AM – 11:25 AM EST


Introducing Coursera’s Latest Global Skills Report: Key Messages on STEM and Gender in LAC




Nicole Amaral, Skills Transformation Lead for Latin America and the Caribbean, Coursera


11:25 AM – 12:25 PM EST


Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities to Achieve Gender Equity in STEM – From Access to Initial Training, to Recruitment and Promotion Channels in the Labor Market




Moderator: Ariel Fiszbein, Director, Education Program, Inter-American Dialogue

Kira Gidron, CEO, Lumni

Mariana Costa, Co-Founder & CEO, Laboratoria

Genaro Hurtado, Founder and CEO, Brivé


12:25 PM – 12:30 PM EST


Closing Remarks




Ariel Fiszbein, Director, Education Program, Inter-American Dialogue



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