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Education Minister Anthony Garcia (second from right) with The UWI lecturer and Honorary Consul for the Bahamas Dr Monica Davis, The UWI’s principal Prof Brian Copeland and campus dean Prof Terrence Seemungal at the Women and Girls in Science conference at The UWI’s Learning Resource Centre in St Augustine yesterday. PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI
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United Nations resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative Richard Blewitt giving opening remarks for Women and Girls in Science
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Professor Brian Copeland- Campus Principal UWI , Honourable Anthony Garcia Minister of Education,Sharifa Ali-Abdullah - UNDP Assisant Resident Representative

MARLENE AUGUSTINE

MINISTER of Education Anthony Garcia says, despite the many obstacles women have historically faced in male-dominated areas, they have made significant contributions to science and technology.He was speaking yesterday at a one-day symposium titled “Women and Girls in Science – Towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at the University of the West Indies Learning Resource Centre, St Augustine.

Garcia said for a long time, up to the 19th century, women were largely excluded from formal tertiary education, particularly in scientific fields, and struggled for publication of their work in peer-review journals.“Even today, women are effectively excluded in many cultures from scientific pursuits. There are still obstacles, even in more enlightened societies, but these are rapidly disappearing.”

He said the education sector, industry and government need to be aware of the importance of challenging the traditional approaches to career counselling and recruitment that tend to discourage girls from science.

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