Thursday, November 8, 2012

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

The Malaysian Chapter of Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) was established in 2011. OWSD is an international organization under the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) whose central role is to promote women’s access to science and technology, and enhancing their greater involvement in decision-making processes for the development of their countries and the international scientific community. 

The Malaysian Chapter of OWSD was established with a mission to support and promote in-country activities and policies which improve female participation in science and technology, and thereby contributing to regional goals.

Its objectives are:
* To create networking, advocacy and information provision between similar institutions and individuals for promoting increased participation of girls and women in science and technology professions.
* To work towards strengthening regional scientific and technological activities in the spirit of co-operation among developing countries.
* Initiate activities which address national concerns and work with all levels of society (grassroots, schools and universities).
* Evolve and develop strategies for mobilizing financial and human resources towards achieving TWOWS’ objectives
Malaysian Chapter are expected to develop the following:
* Advocacy programmes to increase awareness among political, NGO professional and lay circles on the value of gender equity and female participation in science and technology.
* Gather and disseminate information on equity issues in science in order to contribute to policy development.
* Initiate research projects in the areas of interest to TWOWS: science and technology; education; environment; health and nutrition; information technology; and food and agriculture, with particular relevance to critical development concerns.

Some of the key areas that will be focused by Malaysian Chapter are:

1. Nurturing Young women scientists
2. Young women scientists awards
3. Collating Senior scientists as role models for young scientists
4. Increasing fellowship for young women for South-South Cooperation
5. Developing Mentor-mentee programme

The Malaysian Chapter of OWSD is open to all women involved in science and technology and with a minimum basic degree in science.

For those who are interested, please contact me at for membership form.

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