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Thursday, June 17 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Enabling and Welcoming the Contribution from Women and Girls to Science and Innovation

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This presentation will provide a successful example of a multi-stakeholder partnership initiative launched by civil society with the aim to increase the skills and leadership of postdoctoral African women scientists.
The program is called Science by Women and is being promoted since 2014 by Women for Africa Foundation, a Madrid-based private foundation whose mission is to contribute to the development of Africa through the drive of its women in several fields, and, among them, in STI and research. 
In recent years, many countries have approved national policies aimed at reaching  gender equality by increasing women’s participation in   STEM careers.  
Also, on a global and international level, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development launched a Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) with the aim to support the Sustainable Development Goals. Member States agreed that it would be based on a multi-stakeholder collaboration between Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders. 
Nevertheless, in spite of policy recommendations and international consensus, specific support and funding to civil society organisations committed with and advocating for the advancement of STIs and the participation of female scientists specially from least developed countries, have been scarce. 
The programme Science by Women has been born by a civil society organisation and has managed to enhance international scientific cooperation between Africa and Spain and to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer.  So far more than 100 female postdoctoral female scientists have been selected to carry out their projects in the best research centres in Spain. Science by Women is a successful example of how policies including a major commitment with and a strengthened partnership with CSOs can be effective in enhancing science and innovation cooperation between Africa and Europe. 

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Gitanjali Sah

Organizer, World Summit on the Information Society
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Africa G. Zanella

Director, Centre for sustainability and gender economics
(M.Comm & AEE).President and Senior International AdvisorMobile: +34 686296888 SpainMobile : + 61 (0) 468749371 Australiaemail:africa.zanella@csge.euPresident and founder of the Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics , a social scientist ,who has devoted much time and effort... Read More →
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Lizbeth Goodman

chair/full professor, Ucd
This Panel Keynote presentation will give an overview of recent work in the areas of Augmented Cognition, Inclusive Design and Creative Technology Innovation conducted by SMARTlab and the Inclusive Design Research Centres of Ireland and Canada. Projects underway, including several... Read More →
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Yassamina Meddi

Assistant Professor - Researcher Geosciences - MiXtura NGO, University of Sciences & Technology Houari Boumediene USTHB
Yassamina Meddi is a geologist researcher Assistant Professor from 2013 at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene USTHB, Algiers, focusing on magmatic petrology and geochemistry.  Preparing a Es-Sciences doctoral thesis in volcanic activity in Algeria’s coastal... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa