Gender and equity

Gender barriers in research and knowledge systems have huge implications; they perpetuate discrimination and create different pathways for men and women. They prevent the creation and use of knowledge that can enable inclusive, just and sustainable development.

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.

women researchers gathered around a laptop

Our approach is to:

Build the individual skills of women researchers and academics

  • Providing accessible online courses and mentoring via our AuthorAID platform - proven to improve the skills of individual researchers to publish their research, build confidence and provide networking opportunities.
  • Offering dedicated skills support to women researchers for example, in partnership with the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

In the whole university, only five Tanzanian women have reached senior academic levels …and there are no women in a senior leadership or college principal position,

Prof. Flora Fabian, Dr Mariam Hamisi and Dr Rehema Kilonzo, University of Dodoma

Work at an institutional level to address structural barriers and hidden bias and prejudice

  • Supporting institutions to embark on gender mainstreaming initiatives to address the needs of both men and women equally and fully. See our Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education Toolkit
  • Providing ‘gender in research’ grants: Our grants have supported initiatives in 14 countries such as gender sensitization workshops, the development of gender policies, and the promotion of STEM subjects to girls.

It is… time to focus on creating supportive environments that enable women to advance and excel in their pursuit of higher education and leadership positions in HEIs.

Gender in Higher Education in Puntland, Policy Brief

Build peer networks of women within institutions, countries and regions to enable and facilitate change

  • Connecting change agents: We actively seek to connect partners and empower key influencers in order to help them support each other through training, attending events, and sharing experience.
  • Exchanging and sharing knowledge: We have supported partners to run gender knowledge exchange events and knowledge cafés to discuss the challenges and gender gaps in academia and research, and encourage the integration of gender into government policies

“It doesn’t matter [if] we don’t have the numbers... if we stand up, things can change.”

Participant of CSIR Gender Mainstreaming Workshop, Ghana

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.

We recently commissioned an independent audit of our organizational policies and processes. The findings from this audit can be read here.


Celebrating Women in Science.

From actively addressing gender issues in male dominated institutions, providing mentoring and support to other women, or overcoming personal challenges to pursue excellence in their field, meet six women who are making a difference.




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