Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

Organisation des femmes scientifiques du Tiers-Monde

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1989-03-20 Trieste Italy


20-22 Mar 1989, Trieste (Italy), as Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), following recommendations of the 2nd General Conference of F-XF0440 - TWAS, Sep 1987, Beijing (China), and a conference organized by U-XG5650 - Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and TWAS, 3-7 Oct 1988, Trieste (Italy). Officially inaugurated, Jan 1993, Cairo (Egypt). Constitution adopted at 1st General Assembly. Present name adopted, 2010. Previously also known under the acronym OWSDW.


Increase participation and recognition of women in developing countries in scientific and technological research, achievements, teaching and leadership; increase their access to the socio-economic benefits of science and technology; promote participation of women scientists and technologists in the development of their countries; promote collaboration and communication among them and with the international scientific community as a whole; increase understanding of the role of science and technology in supporting women's development activities.


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GOAL 5: Gender Equality



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