Gender Equality

The future of science depends on a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Elsevier’s partnerships focus on fostering inclusive policy, advancing women scientists in developing countries as to advance SDG 5 in “achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls” on a global scale.

SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Explore our contributions to SDG 5.


OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women Scientists

Since 2012, the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. The award ceremony is hosted at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation.

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Portia and the Gender Summits

The Gender Summit is a platform for dialogue and change. It seeks to improve the quality of research and the relevance of science to society, wherever biological and socio-cultural differences between females and males influence outcomes. Scientists, gender scholars, policy makers and other stakeholders are deeply involved in the process, examining new evidence and establishing consensus where improvements are needed.

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Water First!

In sub-Saharan Africa, women bear 71% of the water collection burden, produce 90% of all food, and comprise 70% of the agricultural workforce – but few are in key leadership positions in the water resources area. Water First! seeks to increase the ability of African women working in water research and policy to be more effective in tackling water challenges in their home countries.

This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation.

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