The Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) Award is an annual special achievement award for outstanding performers and role models in Gender Equality and mainstreaming in the area of ICTs. It is an ITU-UN Women Joint Award. WISAT is among the five shortlisted nominations for GEM-TECH Awards 2014 Category 5, Closing the ICT Gender Gap. WISAT was nominated for Dr. Nancy Hafkin's work on the ITU-UNCTAD report, Measuring ICT and Gender: An Assessment - Report prepared for the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.
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Sophia Huyer, WISAT Executive Director, presented "Gender Equality and STI in the Knowledge Society: an International Comparison" as part of the Gender and Science Panel at the Brazilian Association of Neuroscience, in Buzios, Brazil on September 13, 2014. The event was very successful and helped to create "buzz" about the issues at the conference. This panel was followed by a Women in Science event at the Institute of Biophysics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Presentation available here.
Gender and Science in the South: a comparative assessment of gender equality in the knowledge society”, was held as part of the Sociology of Science and Technology program at the ISA World Congress of Sociology, 13 to 19 July 2014, at Yokohama, Japan. Panellists included: Dr. Alice Abreu de Paiva, Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Dr. Nelius Boshoff, CREST, South Africa, and Dr. Young-Ock Kim, Senior Fellow, Korea Women’s Development Institute.
GenderInSITE - Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering - is an international initiative to make policy makers aware of the gender dimensions of science, technology and innovation. WISAT was represented by Sophia Huyer, WISAT Executive Director, at the inaugural meeting of ithe GenderInSITE Coordinating Group in Trieste, Italy on February 3 and 4.
A report by the Task Group on Gender (TGG) of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development addresses the availability of sex‐disaggregated data, especially in developing countries. Prepared by Nancy Hafkin, WISAT Senior Associate, for the Partnership, it takes stock of existing ICT indicators disaggregated by sex, assesses data availability and identifies main gaps based on an evaluaton of needs and demand for such indicators.
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.
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.