Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gender Role in Development Policy

United Nations Center for Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD ) Gender adviser,  Shirley Malcom maintains that gender analysis must become integral to development policy. But the first step is to count women in. For the most part, research, policy and development programmes have failed to take women into account, especially in the the developing world, where women's roles are especially important in food security, water management, biodiversity, energy, education and care of the young and old. There are plenty of examples of where 'counting women in' has led to good policy, programmes and outcomes and there is need to build on them by 'mainstreaming' gender into science, technology and innovation (STI) policy — a process that should begin with reliable baseline data.

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