Caribbean Report 28-12-2000

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Caribbean Report 28-12-2000

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Title: Caribbean Report 28-12-2000
Author: Ramphal, Shridath (interviewee); Wynter, Hector (interviewee); Mottley, Mia (interviewee); Lane, Anthony (interviewee)
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2. (00:00-00:15:15) There have been increasing concerns about male underachievement in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. The Chancellor Sir Shridath Ramphal said that the statistics showed that 1 in 4 males graduated at the University of the West Indies. One possibility for this was that the boys were attending tertiary education outside of the region, whilst the women were attending the local university. This concern needs to be investigated. According to Anthony Lane, men in the region are doing better in the sciences while the women are doing better in the traditional arts-based subjects. Some women felt that there appears to be a “glass ceiling” in the work place that women need to break through. Others felt that even though women are outperforming men, this is not translated into monetary terms and upward mobility in the work place. An interviewee from Barbados acknowledged that there was male domination in the work place, and this has eliminated a large portion of the population from participating in the decision making process. Anthony Lane felt that the women were caught in the middle with predominantly male at the top in the work place. However, Sir Shridath Ramphal argued that the gender revolution in the Caribbean has helped to give women an equal break. Examples given were Babsy Olivia Grange, a prominent minister of Government in Jamaica and Portia Simpson Miller, Minister of Tourism in Jamaica and Eugenia Charles former Prime Minister of Dominica.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/41690
Date: 2000-12-28


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