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Gender and Innovation : Implications for Sustainable Development report

GenderInSITE, a global initiative in gender, science, innovation, technology and engineering, has identified gender and innovation as one of its central issues. Thus, GenderInSITE partnered with ASSAF, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Elsevier Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to host a workshop held on 4-6 September 2017 at TIA in Pretoria, to strongly anchor the discussion of gender, science, technology, innovation and development.

The objective of the workshop was to explore the role of gender in innovation as a key issue for developing countries and to identify the most promising practices and their impact in the lives of both men and women. Through facilitated round table discussions, participants deliberated on the pioneering work done in the North on “gendered innovations” from the perspective of the South, identifying new areas of research and the need for specific indicators. Participants also looked at how to improve communication between the producers and users of knowledge in this field, since this will be essential to the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This report includes the production of concrete recommendations in support of policy developments as well as a proceedings report on the meeting.

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The Research in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (SITE) and Gender Roundtable report

Durban University of Technology (DUT) jointly with ASSAf, SAYAS and OWSD SA NC hosted a workshop titled “Research in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (SITE) and Gender Roundtable from the 15th -16th May 2017 at the Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban. The workshop was mainly funded through GenderInSITE to promote the role of women in science, innovation, technology and engineering and demonstrate how applying a gender lens to SITE can provide deeper insights, more effective programmes and more sustainable outcomes in the context of development.  Partcicularly recommendations and outcomes were made which are being included in the report for the OWSD –SAYAS-DUT initiative to be shared with the OWSD network and strengthen mentorship programmes for women in SITE and sustainable development.

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South Africa - Sweden Seminar on Gender Equality in Research workshop report

A bilateral seminar titled Gender Equality in Research was collaboratively hosted by the South African Department for Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa, the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research, and the Swedish Research Council (SRC), at the Swedish Ambassador's residence in Pretoria, South Africa on 7 December 2016.

The seminar was a recommendation of the two countries made at the Swedish and South African Binational Committee (BNC) meeting of the Committee on Research, Technology and Innovation in Stockholm on 19 October 2015. The two nations agreed to further explore the issue of gender equality in research through a seminar focusing on policy exchange with the aim to present conclusions and recommendations on how to strengthen gender equality in research, science, technology and innovation (STI) in the two countries at the next BNC.

The seminar brought together South African, Swedish and internationally renowned researchers and experts, who explored three key themes from a comparative perspective: Gender in science and research policy, Gender and participation in STI and research, and Gender dimension in research. Both Swedish and South African strategies, policy reforms, advocacy and capacity building initiatives as well as evaluation and monitoring systems were presented and discussed. Resulting from the workshop is a set of recommendations for prioritised actions to governments, funding agencies and higher education institutions in Sweden and South Africa; as well as important research questions that the two countries could explore in follow up collaboration.

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