Gender inequalities in higher education, research, publishing and policy making are often present but not recognized or acknowledged.
INASP promotes equity by actively addressing the needs of both men and women across all our work and addressing issues of power within the research and knowledge system.
Read our Executive Director's statement of support for International Women's Day.
Closing the gap: How INASP supports institutions to address gender inequality
Addressing gender issues within institutions requires going beyond numbers to raise awareness of the biases and barriers, to understand and adapt policies and practice to meet the needs of both women and men, and to address the structural and power issues that tend to keep inequalities in place.
The process of gender mainstreaming can help institutions to systematically consider and address the needs of both men and women within the institution, in all areas and at all levels, leading towards the goal of institutions that can support both men and women equally and fully.
- Gender Mainstreaming in Higher education toolkit : Based on a workshop conducted by the University of Dodoma, Tanzania, the toolkit provides institutions interested in tackling gender inequality in higher education with the materials and resources needed to run a sensitisation workshop within their institution
- Gender Knowledge Exchange Events: we support partners to run knowledge exchange events with men and women to discuss the challenges and gender gaps in academia and research
- Gender grants: Since 2015 we have awarded 22 gender grants supporting researchers in 14 countries to present gendered research at conferences or to hold institutional gender workshops.
- Gender in policy: As part of the INASP VakaYiko programme, the Gender Centre for Research and Training in Sudan received a grant to strengthen the incorporation of gender in policy making.
- ‘Knowledge Cafés’ on gender mainstreaming: we encourage dialogue between government officials and civil societies on the use of evidence in policy in a variety of different topics.
Download the INASP gender factsheet
INASP’s commitment to gender best practice
Supporting partners to mainstream and address gender issues within their institutions also requires INASP to better address gender issues within our own organization.
During 2016 we conducted a gender audit of our programme work to identify how we can better account for the needs of men and women in our programmes. We are implementing plans based on the audit recommendations in order to build on our existing good practices around gender equality.