Programme / Thematic Sessions II. d. Gender Equality in STI: An Ethical Issue‹ back to Programme lister
Thursday / 21 NOV
17:00 - 18:30
The promotion of women in Science, Technology and Innovation has been in focus for years, although we are still far away from equality. A gender gap can be observed at all levels of education, from undergraduate students to postdoctoral researchers at the beginning of their career, and in science management/leadership as well. Developing countries are now also undertaking efforts to improve opportunities, to lower gender inequality, and to decrease other, non-gender-related discrimination issues. Examples include the major fellowship programmes in South Africa, one of which is the South African Women in Science Award.
Public funding agencies play a fundamental role in the development of gender equality, and they could have a catalytic function as well. Many of the national funding agencies are now actively promoting the support of female scientists. They could provide a framework and define directions and focuses, not only at national levels, but in jointly promoting improvements at the global level with long-term development outcomes. One of the key points could be to provide visibility for women working in science, because the lack of a supporting environment is a major cause of losing women scientists on their career path. Family-friendly policies, the opportunity to hold temporary positions, and, in general, consideration of unconventional career pathways instead of the regular development are challenging commitments for funding agencies.
- Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, National Research Foundation of South Africa
- Mucktarr Darboe M.Y, Director of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, the Gambia
- Tonya Blowers, Coordinator, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
- L. Anathea Brooks, Senior Consultant, GenderInSITE