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Gender Summit 5 Africa 2015Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research & innovation: Better Knowledge From and For Africa, Cape Town

The Gender Summit platform was introduced to the continent by a partnership of regional research funders led by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Partners in South Africa included the Department of Science and Technology, the Department for Women, and the National Research Council, as well as Howard University, USA. The GS5-Africa was received with enthusiastic response from all the participants, who welcomed the idea of applying the gender lens to improve research and development outcomes and the idea that actions must be evidence-based and consensus-led. The event attracted energetic interest from South Africa’s media, with many speakers invited to take part in TV interviews and radio call-in programmes. Some of the reasons for the media interest were the African Union’s recent declaration that the year 2015 is the ‘Year of women empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063’ and the forthcoming meeting of the heads of states and ministers responsible for gender and women, who will gather in South Africa in June. The Minister for Women, Susan Shisana, assured GS5-Africa participants that the recommendations from the summit will feed into the June African Union meeting.

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Research evidence shows that contrary to the often-held assumption that science is gender-neutral, in fact, science knowledge has more evidence for men than for women; research outcomes are frequently worse for women than for men; and men continue to secure majority of top-level jobs in science; and the majority of research funding.

Numerous studies published in the last decade have demonstrated the importance of including biological, social and environmental factors as primary research variables in studies of phenomena that directly or indirectly involve females and males, as a matter of scientific excellence.

The relationship between gender equality and research quality, and the need for action through scientific consensus, has been the main goal of the Gender Summit platform since it was established in 2011 to enable multi-stakeholder dialogue on gender issue in science leading to an agreement on what improvements were called for.

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Gender Summit 4 - EU logoFrom Ideas to Markets: Excellence in mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy, Brussels

The Gender Summit 4 EU 2014 brought together 350 delegates and 55 speakers from 40 countries on 30 June - 01 July 2014 in Brussels. The plenary sessions of the programme were held at the Charlemagne Building of the European Commission, at which three Directorate Generals of the European Commission were represented by the Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, and Energy Efficiency (DGENERGY) and Acting Director, Innovation Union and European Research Area (DG RTD). The Programme focused on Horizon 2020, the current €80bn funding programme of the European Commission. GS4EU's themes and tracks focused on the cross-cutting role of gender and how gender can be integrated within the different calls, through actions enhancing gender equality and through inclusion in research and innovation content. Read the conference report and recommendations here: GS4 2014 EU Report Read more about the programme and speakers in the Event Booklet

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Diversity Fueling Excellence in Research & Innovation. Washington DC, 2013

The aim of the 3rd Gender Summit, focused on North America, was to interconnect all relevant stakeholders in a Call to Action to achieve positive change towards greater diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and leadership, and foster greater inclusion of biological sex and gender considerations (or the “gender dimension”) in research content and process. The event was on the 13 - 15 November 2013 at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC under the leadership of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other major research funders in the region. The Summit brought together a diverse group of 650 national and international speakers and stakeholders to discuss the new perspectives emerging from studies of sex and gender differences and how they create opportunities to be specific about what it means for science to be “gender neutral,” that is, to show that the study design has taken into account the needs of both women and men as equally important. It also discussed evidence of the the benefits of gender equality and diversity for science excellence.

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