Gender equality is an important paradigm for the economic growth of the economies the world over. Women are 70% of the 1.3 billion people in the world who live below the poverty line. Over 650m women are illiterate. 121 million children are not in school the world over and 60% of them are girls. Women perform 66% of the world's work , produce 50% of the food but earn 10% of the income and own 1% of the property. The Meera Kaul Foundation focuses on women and women led enterprise in STEM the world over. The focus for MKF is to be make a difference by growing communities by investing in women who can effectively effect their communities positively through their efforts.
The Women in STEM Awards 2015, a program of The Meera Kaul Foundation is meant to recognize women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math who arisen through the ranks of their peers either as employees or as entrepreneurs.
According to the World Bank, the percentage of women studying engineering and the sciences on an average the world around is 10%. Yet few women who graduate with engineering qualifications go into engineering professions. Participants agreed that societies see women as delicate and engineering as bold. OR the ease of working with high tech companies is a challenge for women.
The sources of the gender gaps, ultimately finding that the problem is "unconscious but pervasive bias", "arbitrary and subjective" evaluation processes, and an anachronistic social pressure, a historic system which bases childrearing and family responsibilities on the concept of a professional spouse with a stay-at-home "wife". Women are paid less, promoted more slowly, receive fewer honors, and hold fewer leadership positions.
Our Impact objective is to identify and work with women who are embedded in local communities to be enablers of technology based change. Women who will become role models for other women who aspire to have careers or ventures in Science and Technology.
Our annual Women in STEM Awards 2015, attempts to identify and recognize women executives in various streams of STEM business and vocation, who have excelled by delivering high levels of performance and results, in a consistent and worthy manner.