15.05.2017 - GENDER

3rd Biennial International Conference on Women in Science, Technology and Innovation

Saniye Gülser Corat, Director of the Division for Gender Equality of UNESCO, represented the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, at the 3rd International Conference on Women in Science, Technology and Innovation under the theme “Innovative Solutions by Women for UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2016-2030”.

The conference was organized in five sessions on the following themes: (1) Education and Culture, (2) Science and Health, (3) Engineering and Technology, (4) Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and (5) SDG and Youth, with the overall objective of exchanging experiences on how to achieve SDG 5 Gender Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

S. G. Corat gave a keynote address in the opening session where she presented UNESCO’s main initiatives promoting women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, laid out the main challenges that prevail and highlighted the key factors that need to be addressed in order to bridge the gender gap.

While there, S.G. Corat attended the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) Governing Board Meeting as well as the Inaugural meeting of the Academy of Engineering and Technology of Developing World (AETDEW), which aims to build capacity of engineers and technologists of the developing world.

ISTIC, created under the Auspices of UNESCO as follow up of the Doha Plan of Action in 2005, acts as an international platform for South-South cooperation in science, technology and innovation. ISTIC convened the inaugural International Conference on Women in STI as its fifth Anniversary celebration in Kuala Lumpur on May 2013, officiated by UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova. The resounding success of the Conference led ISTIC to institutionalize the biennial International Women in STI Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

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