In most countries of the world, women and girls have lower levels of access and ownership of information and communications technologies (ICTs) than men, the effects on women of technology are not adequately understood or taken into account, women's productive activities are not adequately supported by technology and resources and the numbers of women in the science, technology and innovation fields are alarmingly low.
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October 7, 2013 - WISAT participated in the launch of The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a coalition of public, private and civil society organizations aiming to lead policy and regulatory reform and spur action to drive down artificially high internet prices in developing countries. Sophia Huyer represented WISAT as a member of the Advisory Council of the Alliance, which was launched at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s Annual Forum in Abuja, Nigeria.
Nancy Hafkin WISAT Senior Associate, participated as a guest speaker at the launch of Brazil's ICT Surveys: ICT Households 2012, ICT Enterprises 2012 and ICT in Education 2012 by the Center for ICT Studies (CETIC) and the Brazil Internet Management Committee, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 1 October 2013.
Nancy Hafkin, WISAT Senior Associate, is featured in the Heroines of Computing exhibit of the Women in Computing Gallery at The National Museum of Computing (UK). She was included for her work to bring about email connectivity in more than 10 African countries during the 1990s. Sponsored by Google UK, the Gallery highlights the pioneering role that women have played in the development of computing and has been designed to inspire many more girls to take up computing as a career.
Prof. Judi Wakhungu, previously Executive Director of the African Center for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi, Kenya, was appointed the new Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Energy by President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 25, 2013.
Senior WISAT Associate Nancy Hafkin delivered the 2013 Alumni-endowed lecture on important issues in technology, culture and society at the New York University Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, New York on 9 April. The lecture on Gender Equality in the Knowledge Society was attended by an audience of 120 students and faculty in science and technology. The Institute’s Department of Technology, Culture and Society (TCS), chaired by Dr. Kristen Day, delivers courses and supports research and educational programs that investigate how technology and science shape – and are shaped by – broader social and cultural issues.
New Gender Benchmarking Study Finds Women Greatly Under-Represented in South Korean Science, Technology and Innovation
Numbers of women in engineering, physics and computer science are on the decline in Korea
Seoul, March 7, 2013– In the first gender benchmarking study of its kind, researchers have found that numbers of women in the science, technology and innovation fields are alarmingly low in the world’s leading economies, and are actually on the decline in others, including the United States. South Korea’s low ranking in the study results reflects a substantial underrepresentation of females in public and economic life.
Delhi, March 7, 2013 - In the first gender benchmarking study of its kind, researchers have found that numbers of women in the science, technology and innovation fields are alarmingly low in the world's leading economies, and are actually on the decline in many, including the United States. India's low overall ranking in the study shows slow progress despite women friendly policies which have been in place for a number of years.
Sudha Nair, Gender Advisory Board, UNCSTD
Cape Town, March 7, 2013 - In the first gender benchmarking study of its kind, researchers have found that numbers of women in the science, technology and innovation fields (STI) are alarmingly low in the world's leading economies, and are actually on the decline in many, including the United States. For South Africa, results show that women have more opportunities available to them than ever before, however, their participation in the science, technology and innovation workforce remains low.