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3rd Biennial International Conference on Women in Science, Technology and Innovation: Innovative Solutions by Women in STI for UN Sustainable Development Goal 2016-2030
15-16 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar Bin Hj. Yahaya, Secretary-General of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Ms. S. Gulser Corat, Director of Gender Equality Division UNESCO, co-officiating the International Conference

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2015-2030 seeks to transform the world through addressing pressing challenges facing the world today such as poverty, inequality, health,       education. Science and technology are vital in achieving all the SDGs. Women too have a vital role to play in meeting the goals. Health, poverty, limited access to education and basic services, discrimination in employment and public life all have women at the core. SDG No. 5 which aims to “promote gender equality and empower all women and girls” highlights the need to mobilise women effectively in attaining these SDGs.

It is with this in mind that ISTIC organised the 3rd Biennial Conference on Women in Science, Technology and Innovation: Innovative Solutions by Women in STI for UN Sustainable Development Goals from May 15-16, 2017. The Conference was built on the Resolutions of the 2nd International Conference in 2015 with the focus in practical solutions by Women in STI for the SDGs. The Conference was aimed at showcasing successful innovations in STI by women in solving or minimising problems faced by women and at exchanging and sharing experiences on how to achieve SDG No. 5. The Conference, held at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur had the support of the Islamic Science, Education, Social and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO and was jointly officiated by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation representing the Ministry’s Hon.  Minister and Dr. Gulser Corat, Director, Division of Gender Equality, UNESCO Paris representing H.E. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO.  A video message from the Director-General on UNESCO during the opening added significance to the event.

 

 
Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar Bin Hj. Yahaya, Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation representing the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia delivering his welcome address    Ms. S. Gulser Corat, Director of Division of Gender Equality of UNESCO representing the Director-General of UNESCO, H.E. Irina Bokova giving her address

 


Video message by Director-General of UNESCO, H.E. Irina Bokova

 

 

Dato’ Dr. Samsudin Tugiman, Chairman of ISTIC Governing Board delivering his welcome address

  Mrs. Wafaa El Alami, Head of the Center of Planning, Information, Documentation and Publishing, ISESCO representing the Director-General of ISESCO giving her speech

 

The Conference focused on five themes i.e. Education and Culture; Science and Health, Engineering and Technology, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and SDG and Youth. It took the structure of key note addresses and panel discussions, also based on the themes. The conference brought together prominent and successful women, all experts in their own fields who talked about their innovations, the impact on the community and suggestions on how the SDGs can be achieve. Two special key note addresses were given by Ms. Anna-karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director, UN Women, Asia Pacific Region representing the Executive-Director of UN Women and by Dr. Denis Nkala. Chief, Regional South-South Unit, representing the UN Special Envoy on South – South Cooperation and Director of the UN Office of South-South Cooperation New York.  In addition to the key note addresses and panel discussions, a poster exhibition from speakers were also held to highlight their innovations. This gave a deeper insight into the work that they have been involved in. 

 

 

Special Keynote Address by Ms. Anna-Karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director, UN Women, Asia and Pacific Region representing the Executive Director of UN Women

  Special Keynote Address by Mr. Denis Nkala, Chief, Regional South-South Unit, Asia-Pacific representing the UN Special Envoy on South-South Cooperation and Director of UN Office for South-South Cooperation, New York.

 


Poster session


Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin, Director of ISTIC presenting the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Women in STI to the Hon. Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development 

The Conference attracted about 115 participants, representing 30 nations. The Conference ended with the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Declaration as follows:  

  1. The gender digital divide could be addressed through education by setting up virtual schools to make education accessible to remote areas
  2. Internet trading and borrowing should be promoted so as to empower women in their businesses 
  3. Successful approaches in STEM education could be shared with other countries through south-south cooperation, collaboration and knowledge exchange 
  4. Social entrepreneurship should be profitable, sustainable and have real impact. Hence, such projects should include impact analysis
  5. School curriculum should incorporate business awareness and empathy so as to encourage  children to seek solutions to problems 
  6. New talents should be developed in schools to create future jobs in order to address job displacements by technology and automation
  7. There should be a shift in focus towards technical and vocational education and training in order to enhance employment opportunities
  8.  Quadruple helix collaboration (government, academic, industry and community) is a new model in carrying out social innovation and entrepreneurship
  9. Public and private partnership in start-ups and access to funding need to be accessible to women (e.g: encouraging a change in policy to drive tax rebate for companies funded by women)
  10. Parents should avoid gender stereotyping their children from an early age so as to nurture a future generation that views women and men as equals
  11. There is a need to engage the youth so that they be aware of and internalize, the SDGs to lead to change in behaviour, attitude and actions and importantly, trust them to implement changes in their own economies

 

The Hon. Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister for Women, Family and Community Development gave the closing address.   In her speech, she stressed upon the importance women play in development and that their role is as important as the men. She also mentioned the need to bring in men on board.


The group photo of officials, speakers and VIPs


An informal photograph with the Honorable Minister of Women, Family and Community Development after the conference

 

The documents related to the conference

Video message by the UNESCO DG

Kuala Lumpur Declaration 16 May 2017

Presentations

Photo Gallery