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Article from the UNESCO World Conference on Science. Other gender-related
articles and press reports issued at the Conference are available at
www.wigsat.org/news.html <http://www.wigsat.org/news.html> .
WIGSAT - Women in Global Science and Technology
FROM PAN-AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
Countries Asked To Integrate Women In Science
June 28, 1999
Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent
BUDAPEST, Hungary (PANA) - The president of the Third World Organisation for
Women in Science, Lydia Makhuba, Monday called for the integration of women
in science education, saying women are traditional educators and
transmitters of cultural values.
Makhuba, who is also vice-chancellor of the University of Swaziland, said
there must be men and women scientists who are convinced that paradigm
shifts are necessary in order to enable women to contribute to scientific
and technological development. She said such shifts must first acknowledge
that women perform social roles which are fundamental to human develop-ment
and yet have the potential to use these roles to infuse a humane character
into science and technology, making them more responsive to human needs.
Makhubu was addressing the World Conference on Science. The forum is being
attended by over 2,000 delegates involved in science, including
decision-makers and non-governmental organisations.
"We have to consider afresh the role of women in the scientific enterprise,
to think it out again from the beginning", Makhuba said. "We must secure for
women an entirely new value and significance. Only when we listen to the
opinions of the disadvantaged will we be able to serve the intrests of
humanity as a whole. An equitable partnership of men and women scientists
can surely achieve that goal."
She regretted that many of the pioneer women scientists had to overcome
numerous hurdles ranging from outright rejection in scientific institu-tions
to open discrimination in appointments in order to get to the top.
According to Makhuba, many male scientific communities could not accept
women as equal partners and colleagues who could contribute to the
advancement of science as well as men and were seen as potential liabilities
who could withdraw anytime from teaching, research and other scientific
activities in order to get married. She proposed a number of interventions
designed to address gender imbalances examined on the basis of target
groups. These include the scientific community where collaboration between
natural and social scientists was strongly advocated in order to address
social issues relevant to the use of science. It would also help in
confronting gender stereotyping in education since one of the greatest
obstacles to women's progress in many parts of the developing world are
inadequate opportunities for education.
She said young girls should be encouraged to pursue scientific careers.
Post-graduate training of women to the Ph.D levels should be promoted while
strengthening their research output in universities and institutions.
The Third World Organisation for Women in science has a membership of nearly
2,000 women scientists from all parts of the developing world.
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