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From: Sharon Vaipae (
Date: Thu Jul 01 1999 - 00:58:39 EDT

Gender Advisory Board, UNCSTD Sets up Resource Site and Clearinghouse on
Gender, Science and Technology for Development

Budapest, June 29,1999
A global clearinghouse WWW site of information, resources and
recommendations in gender, science and technology for equitabl and
sustainable development was launched today at the UNESCO World Congress
on Science.

According to Dr. Farkhonda Hassan and Dr. Geoff Oldham, Co-Chairs of the
Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission for Science and
Technology for Development (UNCSTD), the Gender, Science and Technology
Gateway (GST Gateway) is a resource for policy makers, UN agencies,
development NGOs and others to implement gender-equitable and sustainable
development policies, programmes and projects.

The site is modeled on the seven areas for "Transformative Actions"
outlined by the Gender Working Group Report to the UNCSTD which was
ratified by UNCSTD and accepted by ECOSOC in July 1995. The areas include
gender equity in science education, advancement in scientific careers,
recognition of local knowledge systems, S&T for the needs of society,
ethical issues, collecting gender-disaggregated data, and gender equity
in S&T decision-making.

The GST Gateway contains policy recommendations, examples of case studies
and best practices, key issues and research, existing initiatives, and
lists of resources, including organisations working in each area,
publications and internet resources. These resources are useful to policy
makers interested in increasing national and regional capacity-building,
human resources development, improving the health status of populations,
and expanding the economic base of their countries in an environmentally
sustainable manner.

The Gender Advisory Board was established to advise UNCSTD on gender
issues and to support national governments in implementing the policy
recommendations of the UNCSTD Gender Working Group for equitable
sustainable development.

The Gateway is designed to be an information "one-stop shop" for
development experts, governments, and the private sector. It is found at

The Gender Advisory Board web site is found at\

The site was conceived and developed by Women in Global Science and
Technology (WIGSAT) for the Gender Advisory Board, with the financial
support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands and input
from the Association of Women in Science (US).

For information, contact:

Sophia Huyer, Associate Coordinator
Gender Advisory Board, UN Commission on Science and Technology
for Development
623 Brimley Road
Grafton, Ontario K0K 2G0 Canada
Tel (1-905) 349-9962; Fax (1-905) 349-2066

Sharon Vaipae
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The truth shall make you odd.
             - Flannery O'Conner

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