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Third World Organization for Women in Science
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2010-8-3
Title: Third World Organization for Women in Science
Keyword: Third World organization; women in science

Background

The Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the South with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.

TWOWS is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental body based at the offices of TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, in Trieste, Italy.

The idea of setting up a third world organization for women in science was first discussed at the "Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of Science and Technology in the Third World" which was convened by TWAS and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Trieste from 3 to 7 October 1988.

The participants of the conference -- including 218 leading women scientists from 63 developing countries -- recommended that a study group be set up to explore the possibility of creating the organization.

The group was subsequently formed, and at its meeting in Trieste from 20 to 22 March 1989 it decided to establish the Third World Organization for Women in Science and to adopt a constitution for the organization.

TWOWS was officially launched in Cairo, Egypt, on the occasion of its First General Assembly, a major conference convened by TWOWS from 10 to 13 January 1993 and generously supported by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

The Second General Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1999 was generously hosted by the Foundation for Research Development (FRD) [now NRF] and the Department of Arts, Culture and Science & Technology of South Africa (DACST) [now DST].

The Third General Conference in Bangalore, India, in November 2005 was generously hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, DST, Government of India, in collaboration with the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research (JNCASR), and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) Regional Office, Bangalore.

TWOWS is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the South with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.

Objectives

Strengthen research efforts and training opportunities of young women scientists working and living in Third World countries.

Survey and analyse the status and prospects of women in science and technology in the Third World.

Promote the recognition of the scientific and technological achievements of women Improve the access to educational and training opportunities for women in science and technology.

Increase the scientific productivity and efficiency of women scientists in the Third World.

Promote collaboration and communication among women scientists and technologists in the Third World and with the international scientific community as a whole.

Promote their participation in the decision-making processes, both at national and international levels.

Encourage other international organizations to increase their activities concerned with promoting the role of women in science and technology in the Third World.

 

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