Celebrating International Day of Women & Girls in Science!
REgenTT is pleased to celebrate the fourth (4th) International Day of Women and Girls in Science! This year’s theme is focused on
“INVESTMENT IN WOMEN & GIRLS IN SCIENCE FOR INCLUSIVE GREEN GROWTH”.
We are happy to share with you the thoughts and perspectives of some amazing women across the Caribbean whose careers, backgrounds and life missions are rooted in various sciences; from engineering, renewable energy and city planning to agriculture, environment, and zoology. Join us in celebrating women and girls in our country, region and across the globe! Let’s create a supportive ecosystem whereby all young girls and women can thrive and in so doing create ecological, economic and social resilience in the world.
Hover over each Icon to hear what these ladies have to say about the importance of including women and girls in sciences for Green Growth!
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Smart & Sustainable Cities Group
NYC Economic Development Corporation
(Mathematics & Environmental Studies,
“Growth can only be possible when all the members of a society feel empowered to pursue ideas, dreams and innovations that they feel can improve the lives of their family and or community. As West Indians (both home and abroad), we have to support the empowerment of young girls and women in STEM, not just to get them on par with men but because the standard of women's lives is a major determinant of national growth and development. To promote the growth of our economy we need to ensure that all our human capital (girls and boys) are given the tools to solve the problems that our societies face. With some of the most pressing problems being climate change, health epidemics and brain drain, the problem-solving abilities that STEM gives young people will be of the utmost importance in finding home-grown solutions.”
Sustainable Energy Unit,
Resources Engineering, Sustainable Energy)
“Inclusive Green Growth seeks to support a new trajectory for development that considers a balanced approach to economic, physical and social factors. This should lessen the vulnerability of women and society on the whole, as women are recognized as change agents due to their leadership role and local knowledge. However, there is a need to enhance and broaden the participation of women in the planning and implementation of the green economy which will allow them to operate in new spaces and take advantage of new opportunities. This requires female empowerment and the introduction of new skills through investments in science education for women and girls. Science education allows women to be more inventive and innovative in finding solutions to our current and emerging problems and support a comprehensive vision for gender inclusive green growth. This is integral to achieving real sustainable development.”
St. Lucia National Energy Regulatory Commission
(Electrical Engineering and Education)
“The investment in women and girls in science for inclusive green growth has the ability to transform lives. By getting more girls, on board there would be opportunities for women who are economically challenged. Through properly structured social programmes they can be taught sustainable farming methods, that can be used to not only cater to their family’s nutritional needs but as a source of income. These programmes could be taught by women whose lives are a testimony of what such a programme can achieve. Girls who are sensitized to the many challenges encountered by women and girls who are either unemployed, in low paying jobs or are teenage mothers; through a green growth platform may be motivated to use innovative methods to help solve some of their challenges. They would be emphatic to their situation thus helping to create a society where we are truly each other’s keeper.”
Chief Technical Director
Environmental Foundation of Jamaica
(Zoology and Oceanography, Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management)
“Globally, we face and must address many environmental challenges including climate change, and loss/reduction of some ecosystem services. Focusing on prospects for “green growth” is a prudent approach to tackle these issues while securing necessary socio-economic benefits. Everyone needs to play his or her part and science is one of the best tools we have to facilitate this. Each individual with the potential to contribute to solutions should have the opportunity to do so; this is what “inclusive” means i.e. participation from multiple stakeholders. We improve our chances of adequately and effectively addressing our challenges if a larger pool of resources is available. Each individual should be enabled to explore his or her area of interest and/or aptitude and determine how this can contribute to green growth; a part of this means introducing women and girls to science and encouraging and
Renewable Energy Consultant
Clinton Climate Initiative
“I fundamentally believe that EVERYONE should be empowered to pursue their dream. If one's dream is making the world a better place through science and green initiatives, I can absolutely relate, because that has been my dream and I was discouraged at many points along the way. This can sometimes prevent us from following our calling, leveraging our strengths and reaching our fullest potential. I, however, overcame these hurdles and made it to where I am today. As I reflect on this question and relate it to my own experience, I realize that my team at the Clinton Foundation is 50% female! This is the most dynamic, solutions-focused, motivated and successful team that I have ever worked with and while it may not be because of the gender balance, I believe that our diverse personalities and backgrounds coupled with our common philanthropic mission have led to an inclusive and truly supportive environment.“
Karla L. Austin
Barbados Light & Power Co. Ltd.
(Mechanical Engineering, & Energy)
“Diversity needs to be encouraged everywhere! A team of diverse backgrounds will be able to see possibilities and solutions to address global challenges, where a more homogenous team won’t. Investment in women and girls either through retraining programmes or mainstream STEM education is a key first step to ensuring that they will develop the skills that are necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. STEM education coupled with clean energy training opportunities and an inclusive hiring culture should provide a pathway for women into green energy sector careers at all levels. There are unprecedented possibilities for women to contribute, and through a comprehensive vision, a truly gender inclusive green economy would ensure that women can break out of the traditional sectors and enter new spaces where they can develop their ideas. There is no doubt that gender equality will bring about the development of a more sustainable and resilient society.”
Low Carbon Development Path (LCDP) Project
(Environmental and Natural Resource Management; Communications, Agriculture)