Who we are

About us

Our mission

Women in Global Science and Technology is an international non-profit which promotes science, technology and innovation to support women and men to participate actively in national knowledge societies.

WISAT believes that women should have equal access to technologies and full participation in their national knowledge economies. If they don’t countires will be deprived of their creativity, perspective and experience, and women will not be able to play a role in designing, creating and developing the technology which affects their lives.

In our work we ask these questions:

  • What needs to be in place for women to become full participants in science, technology and innovation in their countries?
  • What resources and access do they need? Where are the gender gaps?
  • Where, when and how fast are women making progress?
  • What policies and programmes will be most effective for promoting women’s participation?
  • How can a country mobilize all of women and men to become an innovative and knowledge-based society?

Our activities

WISAT provides capacity building, analysis and research in three main areas – ICT for Development (ICT4D), Science, Technology and Innovation (STI4D), and Technology for Development (T4D).

ICT for Development

    • Statistics and indicators on women in the information society
    • Comparative analysis of information and communications technologies trends and access
    • ICT-enabled and -based women’s enterprises
    • ICT supporting women’s agricultural production
    • E-governance: enabling community participation in local and national decision making

Science, Technology and Innovation for Development (STI4D)

    • Statistics and indicators on women in science, technology and innovation systems
    • Assessment of women’s participation in the STI workforce
    • Comparative analysis of strategies to integrate women into national knowledge societies
    • Analysis of role, opportunities and strategies for women’s technology-based small and medium enterprises.

Technology for Development

    • Statistics on access to smaller-scale technologies for poverty reduction
    • Comparative analysis of technology for development (T4D) strategies
    • The role of technology in product value chain development for poverty reduction
    • Biotechnology-nanotechnology for poverty reduction
    • Governance of T4D