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Kigali summit explores climate change through gender lens

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, will in March 2018 host the Gender Summit – Africa, the second in Africa but the 14th in the series since 2011.

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Kigali in Rwanda

According to the organisers, the Gender Summit is a platform for dialogue between scientists, gender scholars and policy makers and is present in six global regions: Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America & Caribbean, and the Arab World. Around 7,000 experts and practitioners in gender issues in research, innovation and development have reportedly attended the summits since it started.

The Gender Summit – Africa is led by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in partnership with science institutions across Africa. It builds on the discussions and recommendations from the first Gender Summit – Africa in Cape Town in 2015 and advances the institutional collaborations started then, and in particular the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Networks and the Next Einstein Forum.

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The two-day programme’s theme is: “Climate Change through the Gender Lens: Focus on Africa”, and includes a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions, as well as a poster exhibition, professional networking activities, and interlinked public engagement side-events.

Speakers will include leading researchers from African countries, and international experts, leaders in innovation, influential policy makers, and champions of evidence-led sustainable, socio-economic development.

They will discuss issues related to:

  • Opportunities and methodologies for interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations
    Measuring and monitoring research performance, quality, and impact
  • Integrating the values of inclusion and sustainability into research and innovation agendas and projects
  • Strengthening co-operation between key actors in and outside the science landscape in Africa
  • Connecting the reality of the UN Sustainable Development targets with technological advancements, and the vision of the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Science knowledge making and application in the context of priority political and policy drivers
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The mission of the Gender Summit events is to examine new scientific evidence showing when, why and how biological and socio-cultural aspects and differences between women and men (and more generally females and males) impact on research results and quality of outcomes.

The Gender Summit 14-Africa is organised under the patronage of the Government of Rwanda, and in partnership with AIMS WIS, Next Einstein Forum, AUC, EU, DST SA and other key players.

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