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ACU lecturer contributes to UN policy

Lam lrgDr Laming with The Hon Kate Ellis Minister for the Status of Women and Liz Broderick, the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner at a reception given by Australia’s ambassador to the UN.

Dr Laming with The Hon Kate Ellis Minister for the Status of Women and Liz Broderick, the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner at a reception given by Australia’s ambassador to the UN.

Education lecturer Dr Madeleine Laming has visited the United Nations in New York to help form a new policy on women in education.

The Melbourne Campus staff member was part of a delegation of women who presented to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

During her two-week stay she witnessed the launch of a new secretariat, UN Women.

“Women’s affairs are now seen as equal to the Security Council, a really crucial issue for the world to deal with,” Dr Laming said.

As the vice-president of Graduate Women Victoria, which lobbies for equal access to education, Professor Laming said it was exciting to see her advice shaping policy which set international targets for the next five years.

Dr Laming said the policy’s theme was education for girls and women, in particular increasing female participation rates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“This is a huge problem around the world,” she said. “In Australia less than 10 per cent of electrical trades and engineering graduates are women. There is a massive skill shortage in those areas. We need more women to go into those areas simply because there aren’t enough men to go round.”

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