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Science Advice

We provide evidence-based science advice to policy-makers and other stakeholders to address national issues in relation to gender, and science and technology.

This policy-makers’ booklet published in 2012 aims to provide information to policy-makers in sub-Saharan Africa on Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE), with a specific focus on the key role that IBSE can play in increasing the participation of girls in science and mathematics. This booklet was also launched in Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2012.

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Research has persistently shown that the numbers of women, a segment of society that comprises more than half of the world’s population, are under-represented in S&T; both in the use of S&T products and the uptake of science-related careers. This deficiency often manifests itself in the skills shortage that most countries, including those of southern Africa, face. This report published in 2012 presents the results of a survey done on the state of women in science and technology (S&T) in four southern African countries: Swaziland, Angola, Namibia and South Africa. 

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This report by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) consolidates a range of information and data pertaining to the status of women in different spheres of South African reality (health, social, economic, access to resources, opportunities, etc.) as well as women’s participation in the knowledge society, which is constructed around the central notion of science, technology and innovation (STI). It provides a broad assessment which could offer a valuable and necessary starting point to measure the participation of women and girls in STI in various global markets and benchmark status and progress.

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