Since the early 1980s, VHTO, the Dutch National Expert Organisation on Girls/Women and STEM (www.vhto.nl), has been building up knowledge and experience about the participation of girls and women in Science, (information & communication) Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). VHTO has been deploying this expertise through the whole chain of education – from primary to higher education – and through the labour market in the Netherlands. Our experience over this period has demonstrated that it is essential to carry out interrelated interventions for a long period of time, instead of ad hoc or short term single actions.

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