UN to Survey Gender Sensitivity of Science Policies
The Commission on Science and Technology, in collaboration with the UN Conference on Trade and Development, plans to publish a series of case studies highlighting best practice in gender equality policies in science, technology and innovation (STI) of governments around the world. The goal is to promote more effective STI policies, by taking a greater account of women in development.
A 2011 report, ‘Applying a Gender Lens to Science, Technology and Innovation’, concluded that applying a gender perspective when analysing, designing, implementing and monitoring STI policies was critical to successful development. Women’s contribution to development in southern nations is substantial, and therefore using “a gender lens in STI policies is essential for achieving human development and environmental sustainability,” the report said.