Gender & equity

We believe that every voice counts and we must recognise and support the inclusion of diverse voices and experiences in our work, and in knowledge ecosystems.

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 ambition is to make our work gender responsive, and where we can, enable it to be gender transformative. We recognise that gender and diversity must be understood within the specific cultural, social and political contexts in which our partners work.  

  • We support partners to improve the inclusiveness of learning environments through teaching practices, recognise that practices of research production and evidence use are gendered, and that opportunities must be created for women as well as men to access training and support and to advance their careers. 
  • We work with partners to strengthen equity within their organisations, by identifying the ways in which processes and policies may create structural biases which exclude or disadvantage individuals according to their gender. 
  • We seek to understand and address other dimensions of power and exclusion within the systems in which we work and the intersections between different issues and identities. 

An important way in which we seek to make our work more inclusive is by reflecting on our own role in knowledge systems, our contribution to spaces of discussion and debate and our own organisational practices. 

Our work on supporting gender equity in knowledge systems includes:

Building 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 research and publishing skills support to women researchers for example, in partnership with the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).
  • Facilitating training sessions and workshops in gender and equity, building capacity o individuals to better address gender gaps that exist in research and higher education.

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 higher education institutions in the develoment of gender responsive pedagogy - providing teaching and learning processes that consider specific learning needs of female and male students to address asymmetries that result in inequitable learning and professional outcomes for women.
  • 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.

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.”

articipant of CSIR Gender Mainstreaming Workshop, Ghana


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