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Elsevier Foundation Awards

New Award Recognises Five Pioneering Women Scientists. A Yemeni scientist who has been working to establish a network of women scientists in the Arab world is among five researcher to receive the first Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World.

WISAT in the news

  • The right policies can fill the gender gap in science, Opinion, SciDev.net
  • Stereotypes Deter Women from Becoming Scientists – Voice of America
  • Women ‘under-represented’ in emerging nations’ S&T at SciDev.Net
  • Gender inequality continues in science and technology in Research Information.
  • Women encounter inequality in science & technology fields in Elsevier Connect.

WISAT associate featured in Wired magazine, APC site

Following her induction into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012, articles on Nancy Hafkin appeared in Wired magazine and on the site of the Association for Progressive Communications. Written by Sarah Mitroff the Wired article entitled “Nancy Hafkin brought the Internet to Africa; now she’s tackling the tech gender divide” appeared in its issue of 2 July 2012. This is an excerpt:

Before Nancy Hafkin came along, Internet in Africa hardly existed,” writes Sarah Mitroff for Wired magazine. Mitroff traces the almost two decades’ worth of advocacy and infrastructure-building Hafkin, working at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, put in place from 1980 to 2000 to create and improve Internet technology in Africa. Now retired from the U.N., Hafkin is focused on improving Internet access for women and “to make sure computers and the Internet are available to every woman in the world.” This year Hafkin was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, but she’s among only a handful of women who are Hall of Famers—another reason she continues to work to get technology into the hands of women.

APC’s associate in Montevideo, Uruguay interviewed Nancy about her work in Africa with store-and-forward e-mail and the Internet as well as on her life-long interest in gender issues. The interview can be read on the APC website.