ASSAf Events

Gender and Innovation: Implications for Sustainable Development (closed)

International Events
04 September 2017 - 06 September 2017
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(please note that attendance is by invitation only)

GenderInSITE, a global initiative in gender, science, innovation, technology and engineering, has identified gender and innovation as one of its central issues and has convened this workshop to strongly anchor the discussion of gender, science, technology, innovation and development.

The objective of the workshop is 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 will deliberate 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 will also look 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).

Participants will be invited to use their experience and knowledge to address three main issues:

  • The first is gendered innovations - where innovations are designed to meet the separate needs of both women and men. The workshop will explore the relevance of this work to the developing world, reflecting upon the pioneering work being done in the North.
  • The second is more directly linked to gender and scientific research, and the outcomes of the scientific knowledge production. By applying the gender lens and carrying out gender assessments it is anticipated that the differential impacts on the lives of men and women will be identified and action taken to redress negative impacts. The workshop will review work that has already been done on this theme in developing countries in selected topics.
  • A third aspect to be addressed in the workshop will be an analysis of how the first two aspects can contribute to greater gender equity in the attainment of the SDGs.

The expected output from the workshop will include the production of concrete recommendations in support of policy developments as well as a proceedings report on the meeting.

The workshop is open only to invited experts and will be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the regional focal point for Southern Africa of the GenderInSITE) initiative.

Your can download the full programme here.


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