Gateway on Gender, Science and Technology

Date: Fri Jul 23 1999 - 10:29:52 EDT

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

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

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
Tel (1-905) 349-9962; Fax (1-905) 349-2066

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