Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gender equality amongst the G8 countries

While this article I am going to share is about just one of the G8 countries, the sad thing it is that is a G8 country. Yes, there are inherent strong cultural things affecting this; but surely some progress can be made/

“Japan's Missing Female Scientists”

“Too many female scientists are leaving Japan because they do not feel they can get ahead in its “male-dominated” society, a senior university leader has said.”

“Michinari Hamaguchi, president of Nagoya University, one of Japan’s leading universities, said that he was deeply concerned by the exodus of talented female researchers to overseas institutions.”

“Hamaguchi, who is vice president of the Japan Association of National Universities, said that he was shocked to learn that 60 percent of the 24,000 Japanese researchers working overseas are women. “In our own country, only 10 percent of researchers are women,” he told an audience at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London last month.”

Brain drain can happen really quickly in a country that is not paying attention, and Japan should really be concerned about female role models in science for future generations of young girls.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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