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Gender Equality


Open AIR Expert

Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Associate Professor at University of Johannesburg


Gender inequality remains the reality in every country. Women and girls are often marginalized from social, economic, and political processes—in developed and developing countries alike—although each woman in each country experiences marginalization differently. Including and targeting women and girls in development greatly increases the likelihood of an initiative’s success.

The Open AIR network is helping researchers put gender concerns at the forefront of every stage in their projects, from planning to implementation. We believe, and studies have shown, that gender awareness contributes to more effective research and development outcomes. Many inequalities are latent, camouflaged by the idea that academic and workplace policies are “gender neutral”.

Open AIR is integrating gendered perspectives into our research through partners and affiliated researchers and in the overall approach we take towards research. At a high level, we want to empower women by giving them agency. And, agency means that women and men “participate actively in bringing about social change and gender equality,” (Buskens & Primo 2010; Thas & Ramilo 2011). There is no one-right way to integrate gendered perspectives into research.

For more information on what Open AIR is doing in terms of Gender, please see our Publications.


about Gender Equality

Women in Gungun Share their Experiences in Pottery Making

By Mnena Abuku Pottery is an ancient art in Nigeria and is practiced in different parts of the country. It has high value for the tourism industry as it projects…

Mnena Abuku February 18, 2020

Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Southwest States of Nigeria

By Esther Adekunbi Gender equality is a very important issue in today’s world, while also a fraught debate. Gender equality can be achieved when men and women…

Esther Adekunbi February 10, 2020

The role of intellectual property rights as a development tool for women entrepreneurs in developing countries: The case of the cosmetics sector in Nigeria

By Esther Ekong Despite the very significant role women entrepreneurs in developing countries play, their businesses lack financial security, which in turn stymies…

Esther Ekong January 8, 2020

The absence of gender analysis in AI and its implications for Africa: with perspectives from WomENG

By Akkila Thirukesan Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been an exciting tool for development across the continent of Africa. But what does AI have to do with gender…

Akkila Thirukesan December 1, 2019

Les Femmes entrepreneures au Senegal : entre montee en puissance et difficulte d'acces a la technologie et a l'innovation

Par Aboubacry Kane Aujourd’hui, les femmes entrepreneures sont de plus en plus présentes sur la scène économique au Sénégal. Bien qu’elles s’engagent…

Aboubacry Kane November 29, 2019

Bridging the Gender Gap between contributions to STEM Fields and their participation in Canadian IP Regimes: A Research Analysis

By Natalie Chodoriwsky The Government of Canada’s 2019 Intellectual Property Strategy has committed to “conducting [an] IP awareness and use survey to identify…

Natalie Chodoriwsky November 27, 2019

Empowering Indigenous Craft Women in Africa

By Desmond Oriakhogba As an Open AIR NERG and QEScholar, I have been conducting research since June 2018 on the empowerment of indigenous craft women in Africa.…

Desmond Oriakhogba October 3, 2019

Makerspaces et émancipation des femmes en Afrique : Briser les préjugés !

Par Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou Au cours de mon séjour de recherche, je me suis intéressé à la place réservée aux femmes au sein des Makerspaces d’Afrique…

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou July 12, 2019

IP, Gender, and South Africa: a Student's Visit to Open AIR's Cape Town hub

By Akkila Thirukesan This blog is part one of a series into Akkila’s during her visit to Open AIR’s South Africa hub – the IP Unit at the University of Cape…

Akkila Thirukesan May 29, 2019

Empowering Rural Craft Women through Social Entrepreneurship and Open, Inclusive Innovation

By Desmond Osaretin Oriakhogba My Engagement with the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa As part of my on-going project as a Queen Elizabeth…

Desmond Oriakhogba May 5, 2019

Challenging Power Structures in the Context of Global Change

By Esther Ekong As part of its Solutions for Gender Equality speaker series, The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), hosted a special panel in collaboration…

Esther Ekong March 12, 2019

The Role of Women and Girls in Unlocking Africa's Digital Future

By Rosemond Yaa Kpeiku The Second Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology was a three day event in collaboration between the World Wide Web Foundation, Alliance…

Rosemond Yaa Kpeiku December 19, 2018