The speaker series is a regularly scheduled public event designed to tell the story of women’s participation in science and engineering.
We encourage interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussion and learning, and the series is an ideal opportunity to gather, share and learn.


Monday, January 25th, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM NDT


IIC2001 - Innovation Hall, Angus Bruneau Centre 
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 2Z2


Vesna Kerezi, Speaker Series Coordinator 
864-2484 or 727-7883 

Challenges faced by women in the field of science - a perspective from Ghana 


Esther Amoako is passionate about gender-related issues and after fifteen years of experience working with communities, has seen how gender plays a role in all areas, including the environment, agriculture, water and sanitation, and nutrition. As part of the Kumvana Program of Engineers Without Borders Canada, Esther is currently visiting Canada with the intention to learn how Canadian organizations approach and practice gender mainstreaming and is looking forward to bringing ideas and practices into her work in Ghana. Her talk will focus on the challenges young women in Ghana experience during their education in the field of science. 


Esther Amoako  

Lecturer  - University for Development Studies, Ghana 
PhD Candiadate - Rhodes University, South Africa

Esther holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Technology, a Masters of Science in Environmental Resource Management, and has completed numerous training programs focusing on women’s leadership, sustainable development, and gender in development. With over ten years of project and field work experience with NGOs and CSOs, Esther is currently sharing her knowledge as a faculty member at the University for Development Studies, Ghana, an institution that promotes equitable and socioeconomic transformation of communities through practically-oriented and community-based teaching and learning. She teaches Environmental Science, Biodiversity Conservation and Global Environmental Change. She is interested in developing networking relationships with marginalized groups, in effect building their capacities and decreasing their vulnerabilities to allow increased access to development options and opportunities. She is currently doing a PhD at Rhodes University, the Department of Environmental Science, South Africa. 

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