Realizing that the low representation of women in science and engineering is a major hindrance to global capacity building in science and technology, the IAC formed an Advisory Panel on Women for science with the mandate to review previous studies, provide examples of effective projects already implemented, and issue a set of actionable recommendations addressed particularly to the world’s science and engineering academies.
The recommendations and action items developed through the work of this Panel are presented in this report and are grouped around three themes:
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In that spirit, an Advisory Panel was established in 2004 by the 15 academies of the IAC. The Advisory Panel’s mandate was to propose specific actions that academies could take to increase the representation of women at all levels of science and technology.
In particular, the Advisory Panel was asked to inform the academies on actions they could take to:
A major objective of this report, in other words, is to present academies with a strategy leading to the inclusion of women as equal and valued partners —and not only within the academies but throughout the S&T enterprise. Another objective, original to this report and more down-to-earth, may ultimately allow a great many more human beings to further their countries’ development. It is to propose concrete actions for academies so that they help to technologically empower the planet’s billions of women at the grassroots level. If these women, too often barely surviving, are strengthened with S&T knowledge and capabilities in areas such as agriculture, health, nutrition, and sanitation, they can play a critical role in rapidly setting the Earth and its people on a path to a sustainable future.