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 Briefing at US State Department

Posted 10/28/2014

WISAT Executive Director Sophia Huyer presented the results of the National Assessments on Gender and S&T at the Office of the S&T Advisor, US State Department on October 28. The event was attended by personnel from the Office of the S&T Advisor, the Office of S&T Cooperation, the Office of Global Women's Issues, the National Science Foundation, the World Bank and various country desks.  Dr. Huyer's presentation is available here.

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Gloria Bonder Interview on Nature Blogs

Posted 10/27/2014

Dr. Gloria Bonder, member of the WISAT Board of Directors, was interviewed by Nature blogs about her work in women, science and gender equality in Latin America. She talks about UNESCO’s latest global figures on women in science, changes that need to be made in both policy and education, and the necessity for more qualitative research on the women who are successfully developing careers in engineering, technology and science.  To read the article click here.

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WISAT shortlisted for ITU-UN Women GEM-Tech Award

Posted 10/8/2014

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 reportMeasuring ICT and Gender: An Assessment - Report prepared for the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.

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Gender and Science at the Brazilian Association of Neuroscience

Posted 10/8/2014

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.

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National Assessments Panel at the ISA World Congress of Sociology

Posted 7/21/2014

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. 

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National Assessments in Gender and STI Joins GenderinSITE

Posted 2/27/2014

 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.

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Stocktaking and Assessment on Measuring ICT and Gender

Posted 2/21/2014
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. 

Gender and science, technology and innovation (STI)

Posted 11/6/2013

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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Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) Launched in Abuja

Posted 10/21/2013

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. 

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WISAT at the Launch of Brazil's ICT 2012 Surveys

Posted 10/1/2013


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. 

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