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The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS now OWSD) hosted a two-day workshop for Women for Science in Nairobi, Kenya from 30 November to 1 December 2009. The workshop brought together women scientists and members of various academies drawn from over ten African countries. The workshop also laid out women’s perceptions and experiences and identified barriers to the advancement of women in science. 

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The report focuses on a number of sectors where women play a central role (e.g. agriculture, water, energy and transport), and illustrates how STI could contribute to women’s livelihoods and development activities. It points out that women tend to be bypassed in STI policies and decisions, which often do not reflect their specific needs and concerns. 

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This report presents the first comprehensive survey of academies of science globally regarding women's representation in membership, governance and academy activities. The survey findings show that there continues to be low representation of women in all areas stated above. 

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Thirty-eight of fifty-three African nations criminalise homosexuality, thereby imposing varying degrees of legislative restrictions on sexual desires and practices, and on the fulfilment of the human rights of individuals. Furthermore, the stigmatisation and criminalisation of homosexuality has made public health interventions, particularly with respect to HIV prevention and treatment, diffi cult to implement effectively.

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