A section of industry experts from across the globe will soon convene in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss the impact of climate change on Africa’s economies.
Along with industry stakeholders, the experts, who include scientists and policy makers, will come together for an event known as Gender Summit 14 – Africa (GS14).
GS14, which will be held on March 19th and March 20th, is organized by a learning institution known as the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, in partnership with leading science institutions across Africa. The 2-day event focuses on the effects of Climate Change. Titled “Climate Change through the Gender Lens: Focus on Africa” the program comprises six plenary sessions and four parallel sessions structured around: Advancing Gender Sensitive Climate Change Research and Advancing Gender Sensitive Climate Change Education.
Topics of discussion will include: Strengthening co-operation between key actors in and outside the science landscape in Africa; Connecting the reality of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development targets with technological advancements, and the vision of the 4th Industrial Revolution and; Scientific knowledge base and application in the context of priority political and policy drivers.
“It is essential to build a science base and research capacity in Africa for the benefit of the local and global population,” said a joint statement from The AIMS Women in STEM Initiative (AIMSWIS) and. Portia Limited, an organisation that designs and implements effective strategies for gender equality in science, engineering and technology.
“Contingent on the success of this are important components of our daily life and of our future: climate change, health, food security, energy, urban planning and transport, to name a few. While there has been progress made in scientific knowledge over the last century, it has not yet delivered equal quality of knowledge and outcomes for both genders. Much still needs to be done to advance policies for solutions in science,” the statement added.
The event comes at a timewhen 50% of drugs have different adverse effects in women and men but more than 75% of biomedical studies use male subjects only.
It comes at a time when 96% of ecosystem studies do not look at sex differences in the populations.
The overarching mission of The Gender Summit is Quality Research through Equality with the aim of reaching consensus, based on scientific evidence, on where improvements to science knowledge and science practice are needed and who should act.
AIMSWIS and Portia Ltd believe that applying the gender lens helps improve research excellence and create opportunities to ask new questions, create sustainable technological innovations and provide better knowledge for development measures.
The organisations assert that this is particularly critical now because of the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.
Speakers at GS14 will include leading researchers from African countries, global experts, leaders in innovation, influential policy makers and champions of evidence-led sustainable, socio-economic development.
They will include: Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director of Portia Ltd; Dr. Yvonne Mburu, Founder and CEO of Med In Africa, France; and Ms. Karen Craggs-Milne, Global Group Director, Gender Equality, Inclusion & Business Development of the AIMS Global Secretariat, among others.