Israel to Finance Knowledge Center for Gender Equality

The center, financed by the Science Ministry, will collect data, process it and make it available to researchers and the public.

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Michal Fattal

The Science, Technology and Space Ministry will invest 3 million shekels ($780,000) in a center that will provide the public with accessible data on gender studies and gender equality.

The center will collect data, process it and make it available to researchers and the public in a user-friendly fashion. The ministry’s funding will cover the project over its first three years.

“The center will contribute substantially to discussion and research of gender equality and will promote the issue in a knowledge-based fashion,” said Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis.

The center will collect all known information on gender issues and gender equality from Israeli government agencies, universities, research institutes, civil society organizations and international sources. Using an advanced digital platform, the raw data will be made accessible so that it can be analyzed and clearly presented.

The center will also offer training for researchers, gender equality consultants, social responsibility managers and executives responsible for social diversity in organizations, so that gender equality can be promoted at all levels of the economy.

Dr. Sky Gross, who heads the ministry’s council for the advancement of women in science and technology, said, “Part of the idea is to base action on this issue on knowledge. The new center aims to offer a place where all the information and knowledge will be stored and to advance policies and support researchers in the field.”