Who we are

Our mission

Women in Global Science and Technology is an international non-profit which promotes women and men’s equal participation in science and innovation in the global development context.

WISAT believes that women be full participants in science and innovation, from research to practice to entrepreneurial activities. If they don’t, the world will be deprived of their creativity, perspective and experience, and women will not play a role in designing, creating and developing the technology that 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 focus areas include – ICT for development (ICT4D), women in global science research, technologies and digital innovation, climate resilient approaches, and agriculture- environment- and carbon-resilience.

ICT for Development

    • Statistics and indicators on women in the information society
    • Comparative analysis of information and communications technologies policies, 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

Women in global science research

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

Technology for Development

    • Statistics on access to smaller-scale technologies for sustainable development
    • Comparative analysis of technology for development (T4D) strategies
    • The role of technology in product value chain development for for climate-resilient development in agriculture, energy, infrastructure and environment
    • Policy and governance in T4D


WISAT partners with the Gender and Social Inclusion theme of the CGIAR program Accelerating the Impact of CGIAR Climate Research in Africa.