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Gender & SDG report launched in Seoul

SDG thumbnailDiplomats, development experts and scientists joined the launch of the report entitled “The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Toward 2030: Better Science and Technology for All.” Managing editors Professor Heisook Lee, President of the Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, and Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, founder of the Gender Summit platform introduced the intersection between gender, science and global development goals at the event at the Korea Science and Technology Center in Seoul. The report points to gender-based scientific solutions for all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But what is a “gender-based innovation”, and how can it help a country develop? A gendered innovation is any product or knowledge created with sex and gender taken into consideration. Bearing in mind the female half of the population when conducting research may seem obvious. But, astoundingly, “male” has too often been considered the norm in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) to date. Think of using only male mice for drug laboratory testing; think of using only male proportions for car safety crash test dummies; or think of using the “model man” for setting radiation exposure standards. These are just some examples where women have suffered because of gender bias in research. Unfortunately science for development – or “sustainability science” is no exception. The launch forms part of a two week tour of South Korea and Japan that Dr Pollitzer is making, attending and contributing to a series of events on Gender and STEM. Read the full report.


28 Januray 2016


Flagship year for the Gender Summit

23520772612 255bfb03cc m2015 was a remarkable year of firsts for the Gender Summit. The first African edition was launched in South Africa in April 2015, the first Asia-Pacific edition was launched in South Korea in August 2015, and the European Summit left Brussels for the first time and was hosted in Germany. Each event has been opened by senior political representatives of the host nation: State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Cornelia Quennet-Thielen (pictured) in Berlin; Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Yanghee Choi in Seoul; and Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor in Cape Town. The Summit has engaged over 1000 delegates from over 45 countries in 2015. We are continuing to build on the dialogue and work started by the community in 2015. The Summit expands to Latin America in 2016 with the GS8 North & Latin Amrerica in Mexico City in April and we will return to our place of origin in November 2016 with the GS9 Eu. Portia is the co-founder and on-going architect of the Gender Summit, bringing together key stakeholders from around the globe in a joint mission to make gender equality, and full understanding of the gender dimension in science, the norm.  Read more about the Gender Summit.


11 Januray 2016

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