Regional UNESCO chair created on Women, Science and Technology



5 February 20

A UNESCO Chair aimed at promoting the contribution of women to science and technology, was inaugurated at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2001. It will seek to increase awareness of decision makers and the public at large on women’s role in this area, and encourage new generations of women to pursue a career in science and technology. The establishment of the Chair follows the conclusions of the Science Agenda approved by the WCS as well as the recommendations of a Regional Forum on Women, Science and Technology in Bariloche (Argentina, 1998) held in the run-up to the Budapest Conference. (More)

The UNESCO/FLACSO chair has been set up in partnership with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Chile); the Universidad Estal de Campinas (Brazil); the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas; CONICYT and the Secretariado Regional de Género, Ciencia y Tecnologia para America Latina (Uruguay); and the University of Mexico.

The incumbent of the Chair is Professor Gloria Bonder - a scientist of international renown and a well-known promoter of participation of women in science and technology in the region.

When providing conceptual and methodological orientation for mainstreaming gender equity principles and perspectives in S&T policies in Latin America, activity surrounding will highlight research on the relationship between women/gender and science and technology and promote academic activities and the training of professors and students, in particular with the use of new information and communication technologies. Other activities will include the collection and dissemination of regional and international information and the fostering of co-operative projects between women and men researchers, teachers, legislators, policy-makers, the industrial sector and women organizations in Latin America.

One of the first activities being carried out under the programme is the preparation of a correspondence course for universities in Latin America sensitizing university teachers and students to gender equity issues and wise practices and policies for promoting women careers in science and technology, and for benefiting from the contribution of women scientists to research and education. The course will be prepared in 2002 for distribution on video-cassettes, CD-ROMs and via electronic sites.


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