Capacity Building in Science Technologyand Innovation Policy for SustainableDevelopment in West Africa-The Role ofWomen En...
Background    SETI is essential for socio-economic     advancement and sustainable     development of Africa    Women ar...
Statistics of women in scienceengineering and technology in Africa         Ghana                                          ...
Why few women   Science and engineering are not    interesting or attractive to women   Inequality in access to science ...
Emerging issues/Challenges   Unavailability of evidence-based    gender disaggregated data for policy    making   Low pa...
Objectives of ECOWAS andUNESCO   Facilitate capacity building in basic    science, engineering and technology   Create r...
Strategic Actions     Three approaches successful in      promoting women in SET in Africa are:       1.   Mainstreaming ...
Action Plan-Role of WomenScientists and Engineers   Promotion of women in science and    technology through increase acce...
Action Plan   Capacity building in STI    formulation, implementing and M&E of    strategic action plan                  ...
Role of women in scienceengineering and technology in Africa   Commission collection of gender disaggregated data   Prov...
Way forward    Must have centres of excellence for STI for     sustainable development    Create or strengthen Gender un...
THANK YOU              Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011               Adealide 2011             12
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ICWES15 - Capacity Building in Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development in West Africa - The Role of Women Engineers and Scientists. Presented by Dr Peggy E Oti-Boateng, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

  1. 1. Capacity Building in Science Technologyand Innovation Policy for SustainableDevelopment in West Africa-The Role ofWomen Engineers and Scientists Peggy Oti-Boateng (PhD) Senior Research Fellow KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana SPS in Science and Technology, UNESCO, Nairobi
  2. 2. Background SETI is essential for socio-economic advancement and sustainable development of Africa Women are most vulnerable with limited access to basic needs and technology Building the future through higher education and SETI for women in Africa is essential but a Building in STI-ICWES 15 Capacity great challenge 8/15/2011 Adealide 2011 2
  3. 3. Statistics of women in scienceengineering and technology in Africa Ghana South Africa 60 56.2 55.7100%90% 50 Percentage of engineers80% 38.9 4070% 30 28.360%50% 21.1 19 20 Bachelor Degree40% Men 11 10.5 Masters Degree Women30% 10 7 7.1 6.7 7 Doctorate 4.8 3.8 4.220% 1.9 2.4 0.8 010% 0% Race-by-gender distribution of graduates in engineering per profession in South Africa Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 15 8/15/2011 Adealide 2011 3
  4. 4. Why few women Science and engineering are not interesting or attractive to women Inequality in access to science and engineering education No obvious career opportunities in science and engineering Stereotyping Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 4
  5. 5. Emerging issues/Challenges Unavailability of evidence-based gender disaggregated data for policy making Low participation of women higher education and policy making Gender specific programmes deepens level of isolation of women Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 5
  6. 6. Objectives of ECOWAS andUNESCO Facilitate capacity building in basic science, engineering and technology Create requisite capacity in STI policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation Enhance SET application for sustainable development. Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 6
  7. 7. Strategic Actions  Three approaches successful in promoting women in SET in Africa are: 1. Mainstreaming women in capacity building programmes 2. Gender specific activities and visibility of women engineers and scientists 3. Training in STI Policy for sustainable development Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 7
  8. 8. Action Plan-Role of WomenScientists and Engineers Promotion of women in science and technology through increase access to higher education Increase women’s visibility through award of prizes or recognition for outstanding performance Increase collaboration and networking Mentoring Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 8
  9. 9. Action Plan Capacity building in STI formulation, implementing and M&E of strategic action plan technology Science Innovation STI for sustainable development Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 9
  10. 10. Role of women in scienceengineering and technology in Africa Commission collection of gender disaggregated data Provide a forum for women scientists, engineers and policy makers to deliberate on actions at all levels using different modalities to accelerate the inclusion of women in higher education and policy making for sustainable development; Mentor young engineers and scientists Prepare a Strategic Action Plan for advocacy, capacity building and policy making Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 10
  11. 11. Way forward Must have centres of excellence for STI for sustainable development Create or strengthen Gender units to increase effectiveness and made beneficial to all women Have SMART programmes and develop partnerships Monitor and evaluation programmes (SMART) Provide mentorship to young female students Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 15 8/15/2011 Adealide 2011 11
  12. 12. THANK YOU Capacity Building in STI-ICWES 158/15/2011 Adealide 2011 12
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