Women as Canons in Engineering: Theorizing their Experiences and Exploits
Kehdinga George Fomunyam
Dr. Kehdinga George Fomunyam*, Institute for Systems Science, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa.
Manuscript received on October 05, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on October 25, 2020. | Manuscript published on October 30, 2020. | PP: 487-496 | Volume-10 Issue-1, October 2020. | Retrieval Number: 100.1/ijeat.A18611010120 | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.A1861.1010120
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Abstract: Globally theorizing women’s experiences and exploits in engineering has attracted a lot of debates. Thus, efforts put in place to address under-representation among women in engineering, have been thwarted to accomplish Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality, in areas of preconception of engineering male-dominated profession, gender gaps in recruitment of women engineers, lack of gender-sensitive curriculum and low female involvement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) subjects are still lacking in Africa. With much sensitization on equality, yet women engineers are still plagued with gender disparity in Africa; hence the crux of this paper. This paper was guided by Liberal Feminist Theory focusing on gender inequality, exists as a consequence ofstereotypingdivision of labour and sexparity can be realized if vital institutions are re-patterned. This paper takes a broad look at women as canons in engineering alongside theorizing their experiences and exploits in Africa. Specifically, it explores how women engineers have made huge contributions; and to showcase their experiences and exploits, as well as its implications for Africa. Thus, to address these gaps, implementing of gender policies in eliminating all forms of under-representation of women in engineering was advocated.
Keywords: Africa, experiences, exploits, Feminist, women engineer, gender equality