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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of the West Indies is committed to providing a work and learning environment that is inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination, including but not limited to those that are gender-based. 

In earnest, the Department values and encourages the participation and contribution of all staff and students, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and ability.





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Women in CaribNOG

The Women in CaribNOG Initiative seeks to discover, nurture, bolster, and champion Caribbean women (and girls) active in network engineering, managing IP networks, internet infrastructure research, and leadership roles. 

Click here for more information.


International Women's Day

Students and staff of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of the West Indies (UWI) join the world to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) each year. Commemorated on 8 March each year for over a century, IWD has come to feature an annual theme set by the United Nations: from the first in 1996, “Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future”; to the current, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, and several in between. In parallel, the popular IWD community (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/) promotes hashtagged themes for wide dissemination over social media channels and through very many campaigns: #PledgeforParity (2016), #BeBoldforChange (2017), #PressforProgress (2018), #BalanceforBetter (2019), #EachforEqual (2020), #ChooseToChallenge (2021), #BreakTheBias (2022), #DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality (2023), #IWD2024 #InspireInclusion (2024).

You can read up on the origins, meaning and evolution of IWD here and catch a brief video here:

Each year, we pause to consider the IWD theme for that year and always remember the biases, conscious and unconscious, that have held women back from contributing to, and enjoying, the world as a better place. Perhaps deeply ingrained biases, on the part of both men and women, are partly the cause of the low enrolment rates of women in engineering. Over the years 2018 – 2020 inclusive, for example, there have been twice as many male engineering undergraduate students as female across The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, and the College of Science and Technology & Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (calculated from Source: NIHERST STI Indicators[1]).

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed to breaking the many faces of bias that might be barriers to a rich, enjoyable and productive experience for our students. For the first time in our history, students and staff have collectively committed to understanding more, and doing more, to ensure diversity, equity and inclusiveness. To start with, we pledge to maintain a gender equal mindset, to call out gendered actions or assumptions, to try to positively influence others’ beliefs and actions, and to celebrate women’s achievements. We recognize the value in everyone, that men and women can break pre-existing biases, and that everyone is responsible for breaking them.  
Together we draw on the UWI Gender Policy (2018)[2] and the UWI Harassment Policy and Procedures (2019)[3], as well as the guidance of the Campus’ Institute for Gender and Development Studies, in our learning journey; and we join with all other Campus communities who are of like mind. 
[1] NIHERST. University Graduates by Qualification and Gender, 2018 – 2020. STI Indicators. Science & Technology Statistical Unit. Available at https://www.niherst.gov.tt/research/research-sti.html. Last viewed 6 March 2022. 


[2] The University of the West Indies. 2018. The UWI Gender Policy: Promoting Gender Justice for All. Available at https://public.portal.uwi.edu/repositories/regulations/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/repositories/regulations/Policies/Policies/Gender%20Policy/UWI%20GENDER%20POLICY%20-%20fined062018.pdf&action=default. Last viewed 6 March 2022.

[3] The University of the West Indies. 2019. UWI Harassment Policy and Procedures. https://sta.uwi.edu/sites/default/files/uwi/Amendments%20to%20the%20Sexual%20Harassment%20Policy%20UWI%20-%20June%202016.pdf



Past Events

Gender Awareness Exercise - September 21 2023



Student Awareness Session - Countering Discriminations

Unintentional discrimination in delivery and assessment of courses



Girls and Women Talking Tech Interview


Panel on Female Engineers in Industry


Tech4Girls Workshop: Build Your Online Store



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