SDGs and Gender Equality

Dr Miyoko Watanabe
Dr Kellina M.Craig-Henderson
Ms Eudy Mabuza

Dr Kellina M.Craig-Henderson

Dr Kellina Craig-Henderson (Deputy Assistant Director – Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation)

Dr Craig-Henderson is a former Professor of Psychology who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She previously served as the Division Director of NSF’s Tokyo Regional Office. Prior to undertaking full-time Federal service at NSF, she served as a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at Howard University.

Dr. Craig-Henderson is passionate about broadening the participation of women and underrepresented groups, and has been involved in a number of national and international activities that share this focus. She has taken on a leadership role at the National Science Foundation to promote the establishment of a new social science funding mechanism that supports evidence-based research on the Science of Broadening Participation. Her efforts have resulted in federal support for research examining issues related to gender parity in STEM, minority participation in work settings as well as a number of other areas. She has also worked collaboratively with international agencies to address the global challenges of gender inequity and minority engagement.

Dr Miyoko Watanabe

Dr Miyoko O. Watanabe (Deputy Executive Director, Director-General of Center for Science Communication, and Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Dr Watanabe is trained in physics at the Tokyo University of Science, and has since held research positions at the Toshiba R&D Center in Japan, Dalhousie University, Canada, and the University of Birmingham, UK. She returned to Toshiba in 1999 and served as Executive Quality Leader and Senior Quality Expert in Innovation Division before joining the Japan Science and Technology Agency in 2013.

She is a member of the Science Council of Japan and chair of the council’s Committee on Comprehensive Synthetic Engineering in Science. She is also a member of the Science and Technology Council at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, as well as a Member of Specialist Committee on Formulating the Fourth Basic Plan for Gender Equality in the Council for Gender Equality of the Japanese Cabinet Office. She has served and is going to serve as a representative of “Science Agora”, which is the largest scale open forum in Japan for bridging people from different sectors aiming at future society harmonized with science.

Ms Eudy Mabuza

Ms Eudy Mabuza (Minister Counsellor: Science and Technology seconded by the Department of Science and Technology at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Japan)

Ms Mabuza has eleven and half years of progressive experience in the Public Sector engaging and mediating with international agencies in an effort to increasing bilateral and donor relations towards the South African Science System. She has been dealing with a wide range of policy issues; long term development planning, as well as specific innovative public capacity development issues.

She is currently serving as a Minister Counsellor: Science and Technology at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa where she is seconded by the Department of Science and Technology. Her role in her current position is to market South Africa in the Asian region as the preferred science and technology destination. Previously, she was a Deputy Director: Development Partnerships in the International Cooperation and Resources Programme within the DST. She also served as an Assistant Director: Bilateral Cooperation within the same Programme.

Science, technology and innovation (STI) have brought economic and social changes by providing new opportunities for prosperity, better solutions to societal challenges and sophisticated technologies that enhance the quality of life. As illustrated in the UN SDGs, the world faces many problems that can be solved within a sustainable society, and STI has the potential to provide solutions to these problems for global development. Today, African countries focus more on STI and capacity building to create higher standards of living, like building new industry, sustainable infrastructure and better quality of living. To what extent does STI in South Africa and beyond draw from a diverse citizenry? Are all groups of people within societies participating similarly in STI? Are these trends the same across countries? In this session, we will examine the challenge of broadening participation in STI and focus on the current landscape in three countries to provide solutions for gender diversity and inclusive engagement in STI can be achieved.