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National Assessments on Gender and STI 

D3Numbers of women in physics, engineering, computer science on the decline globally

The number of women in science, technology and innovation is alarmingly low in the world’s leading economies, and actually on the decline in several, including the United States.  

Women remain severely under-represented in degree programs for these fields. Even in countries where the numbers of women studying science and technology have increased, more women are not finding their way into the workplace.



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WISAT at Gender Summit 8 - North America

Posted 4/18/2016

WISAT will participate in two panels at next week's Gender Summit 8 in Mexico City:

1) The plenary panel "Participation of women and girls in science and technology education" will feature a book launch for WISAT's Mexico National Assessment: Participation of women and girls in national education & the Science, Technology and Innovation system in Mexico: A national assessment based on the Gender Equality in the knowledge society (GEKS) indicator framework” , by Prof. Judith Zubieta and published by CONACYT. Sophia Huyer, WISAT Executive Director, will also participate on the panel.

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Four National Assessments on Gender and STI completed in East Africa

Posted 4/18/2016


Four new National Assessments have been completed in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.  The Assessments apply the Gender Equality – Knowledge Society (GE&KS) framework to gather and evaluate data across a wide range of indicators on the connection between gender equality with women's representation in STI-related sectors of employment, education and decision making. 

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Promoting Gender Equality in Science - UNESCO Science Report

Posted 3/31/2016

Sophia Huyer co-moderated a panel with Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch, Chief of the Science Policy and Partnerships Section at UNESCO, on Promoting Gender Equality in Science on 23rd March at UNESCO. The event included a panel discussion with the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science laureates of 2016, and was part of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science week in Paris. 


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Gender and climate change policy after COP21

Posted 2/23/2016

A more food-secure and fair world in sight if the new climate deal truly engages with women farmers. , by Jerome Bassuet and Sophia Huyer

 It’s a hard life for women farmers in developing countries, and mounting temperatures will make it even harder. Gender inequality means that women are more affected by climate change than men.


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New Partnership with CGIAR

Posted 2/19/2016

WISAT has recently ratified a new partnership with the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS).  CCAFS brings together the science and expertise of CGIAR and partners to catalyse positive change towards climate-smart agriculture, food systems and landscapes.

WISAT will work closely with its Gender and Social Inclusion unit on the National Assessments on Gender and STI (through inclusion of additional food security and climate change indicators), gender and rural technology development and innovation, and global policy. As part of this partnership, WISAT Director Sophia Huyer has jointly taken on the position of Gender and Social Inclusion leader of CCAFS. We look forward to a fruitful and exciting collaboration!

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Mexico National Assessment to be launched at Gender Summit 8

Posted 2/19/2016

The National Assessment for Mexico will be launched on April 29, 2016 at Gender Summit 8 in Mexico. A plenary panel on Participation of women and girls in science and technology education will be led by Dr. Judith Zubieta, author of the study.  Dr. Sophia Huyer, WISAT Executive Director, will also participate on the panel along with Prof. Alice Abreu, Director of GenderInSITE and author of the Brazil Assessment.  The publication of the report is co-sponsored by CONACYT, which also made possible translation into Spanish. 

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Nancy Hafkin - a GEM-TECH Global Achiever

Posted 12/14/2015
Senior Associate Nancy Hafkin is one of  three ITU - UN Women GEM-TECH Global Achievers recognized and honoured for their exceptional efforts to boost women’s empowerment through ICTs:
  • Anusha Rehman Khan, Minister of State for IT and Telecommunications, Pakistan
  • Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador, US Mission to the United Nations, Geneva
  • Nancy Hafkin, Senior Associate, Women in Global Science and Technology, USA.
Watch a video profiling this year’s winners here, and read about their achievements here.
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New Assessments in East Africa

Posted 11/23/2015

Four new National Assessments on Gender and STI have been initiated in East Africa, in collaboration with OWSD and with funding from Sida.  The four countries in the study are Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, with the reviews being undertaken by eminent researchers from each country:

  • Ethiopia:  Dr. Hellina Beyene, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of California-Irvine
  • Kenya: Natasha Frosina, Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
  • Rwanda: Prof. Verdiana Masanja, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies and Full Professor of Mathematics, University of Rwanda
  • Uganda: Irene Murungi, WOUGNET 
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WISAT Panel at the AAAS Meetings, San Jose, February 2015

Posted 1/23/2015

A GenderInSITE-OWSD-WISAT Panel on "Gender Equality in the Knowledge Society: Better Analysis Through Better Information" was held at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on February 15.  With funding from The Elsevier Foundation and Sida, the panel presented the results of the National Assessments on Gender and STI for Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the USA. 

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New Gender and STI Assessment: Argentina

Posted 1/23/2015

WISAT and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) are happy to announce that the National Assessment on Gender and STI for Argentina is now available.  It is produced by Gloria Bonder - WISAT Board Member and Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Women in S&T in Latin America (FLACSO, Argentina). The study is part of a new set of Assessments currently ongoing in Latin America with the support of The Elsevier Foundation. Studies from Mexico and Chile will be completed in the near future.

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