Mission and Activities


WISAT believes that women should have equal access to technologies and full participation in their national knowledge economies. If they don’t, countries 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.

What do we do?

WISAT is actively involved in influencing policy at national, regional and international levels by promoting information, knowledge, science and technology strategies which enable women, especially those living in developing countries, to actively participate in knowledge and technology for development.

We have advised a range of governments, UN agencies, donor agencies, foundations, research institutions and NGOs

We work with an international network of collaborators, partners and clients to:

    • Produce reports and publications on major issues relating to global gender dimensions of ICT, technology and innovation systems
    • Engage in policy analysis and research
    • Develop gender assessments of policy and programming in ICT, technology and innovation systems
    • Encourage knowledge networking among a wide range of stakeholders.

We engage in a range of activities and analysis related to gender issues in science and technology, gender mainstreaming and gender trends in global development:

    • State of the art reviews
    • Gender reviews of programming and institutional structures
    • Advice to governments and agencies on policies and programming
    • Policy analysis and research in ICT, technology and STI policy and programming
    • Training policy makers and development practitioners through workshops and other means
    • Development of training and educational materials
    • Design, implementation, and assessment of projects and programming
    • Support and facilitation of networking and knowledge sharing.