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National Assessments on Gender and STI 

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

Even in countries where the number of women S&T students have increased, women are not finding their way into the workplace.



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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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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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