01.09.2016 - Natural Sciences Sector

1st SAGA workshop hosted by Uruguay

SAGA training workshop in Uruguay

Uruguay is the first country to implement the tools developed in the framework of the SAGA project. The workshop, during which SAGA’s innovative methodology and tools were presented and carefully explained, was organized by UNESCO in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay (MEC) and took place on 1 and 2 September 2016 in Montevideo.

During the workshop, the SAGA STI GOL and the SAGA Toolkit were presented. These are innovative and practical tools to integrate gender aspects in STI policies and to collect sex-disaggregated data related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, in the science and engineering (S&E) workforce and to identify the drivers and barriers faced by women in STEM.

The STI GOL is a useful tool for classifying STI policies and indicators which permits the categorization of policies and policy instruments to facilitate analyses of national policies. Additionally, it enables a clear view of the gaps in the STI policy mix, and to map existing and develop new indicators for each of the seven gender objectives of the STI GOL. On the other hand, the SAGA Toolkit contains different instruments to monitor, evaluate and collect data as evidence for gender equality in STI policies.

The workshop was attended by delegates from 14 leading Uruguayan institutions relevant to the promotion of gender equality, STI policies, and statistics and was attended by a total of 27 policy-makers, government authorities, and STI experts. The Inter-American Development Bank also joined the event through a videoconference to present their work on innovation. The workshop participants and the SAGA team discussed strategies to improve and apply the tools to the Uruguayan context.

As a result of the workshop, the importance of gender equality in STEM was brought up to the agenda of the country and a national inter-institutional committee was created to coordinate the implementation of the SAGA tools nationwide. Hosting a workshop was only a first step towards the implementation of SAGA’s approach. The inter-institutional committee will supervise the administration of surveys and the revision of data from diverse sources to produce indicators to inform gender related policies in STI. As a final step, a country report will be produced to highlight the challenges encountered, the strategies adopted to improve STI policies and the outcomes of implementing the SAGA instruments.

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