Summit Aims to Establish a Gender Policy Charter for Scientific Research, Collaboration

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Summit Aims to Establish a Gender Policy Charter for Scientific Research, Collaboration


BYLINE: Lisa Isaacs

WOMEN remain underrepresented in key science fields, and gender inequalities have ensured that ideas from men are prioritised over those of women, says Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women Susan Shabangu.

Shabangu addressed the media yesterday ahead of Gender Summit Africa (GSA), which takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from April 28 to 30.

The event is part of Gender Summits' series of talks held across the world under the main theme of "Quality Research and Innovation through Equality".

The aim of the summit is to make gender equality the norm in science, and to embed gender as a primary dimension of research and innovation quality. This will be the first time the summit is hosted on the continent.

The theme for the summit is poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research and innovation: Better knowledge from and for Africa.

It sets out to promote the integration of gender and science to better advance societies

The summit's chairperson and chief executive of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Professor Olive Shisana, says the summit aims to bring about a gender policy charter for scientific research, and strengthen research collaboration among stakeholders in the science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) fields. …

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