Gender Affairs Unit celebrates women in STEM fields

Monday was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and the Gender Affairs Unit recognized the day by touting the advances female Cayman students and professionals have made in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Citing data on overseas scholarships, the unit stated that females comprise 57 percent of the students pursuing STEM majors.

Overall, according to government statistics, there has been an increase of employment in the STEM fields from 2016 to 2017, with information-and-communications workers increasing from 835 to 908 and science-and-tech workers increasing from 3,087 to 4,352 over that time.

Within the Civil Service, women occupy several STEM-related posts across the subject areas, the Gender Affairs Unit added.

According to the unit, posts currently include speech and language pathologist, educational psychologist, director of economics and statistics; senior internal auditor; research officer (microbiology); environmental health engineer officer, director of environment; veterinary officer and scenes of crime officer.

“These jobs provide an opportunity to participate in leading innovation and invention, as well as an ample income, and in doing so facilitate economic empowerment for women,” the Gender Affairs Unit stated.