Engineering and Technology for Sustainable Development

Document type: Collection/Anthology
Title: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable Development
Translated title: Gender Equity at Technical Faculties - Why and How?
Year: 2002
Pagination: p. 26
Editor: Burton LM Mwamila, Erik W Thulstrup
Publisher: University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzabia
City: Dar es Salaam & Roskilde
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Human Work Science, Media Technology and Humanities (Institutionen för arbetsvetenskap, medieteknik och humaniora)
Department of Human Work Science, Media Technology and Humanities, Box 520, 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Gender equity at technical and engineering faculties within our universities is very seldom found. There are a number of reasons why it is preferable and indeed necessary to have women as well as men in relatively equal numbers attending and developing technical faculties. After decades of initiatives supporting equal opportunities for women and men, we still find few strategies with sustainable impact concerning gender equity at levels of higher education and research in the technical sector. This situation is shared among countries both in the north and south. A presentation of experiences from Sweden will thus have some potential to apply to other countries as well.

In this paper the problem of gender inequity is discussed by identifying the problem from statistical data and considering possible answers to questions about “why and how gender equity?”. The discussion concerns both undergraduate and postgraduate education at technical faculties.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\General
Keywords: undergraduate studies, post graduate studies, technical faculties, gender equity