This Toolkit for Gender Indicators in Science, Engineering and Technology, designed for guidance in collecting sex-disaggregated data in scientific and technological activities, aims at helping decision-makers, researchers and practitioners understand gender issues better and formulate successful policy and programming. It intends to promote a common approach in the systematic collection of sex-disaggregated data in science and technology. It also provides an overview of the participation of women in these fields, both in industrialized and industrializing countries.
The Toolkit provides a survey of the differential gender patterns of participation by men and women in science and technology. It assesses information provided by current sex-disaggregated quantitative data, along with discussing the reasons for differential rates of participation between women and men. The volume also looks at international methods for measuring science and technology activities, personnel and qualifications, and occupations, as well as how these can be properly disaggregated by sex, age and other variables. A key question addressed includes how to define economic and employment activities that can constitute or incorporate scientific and technological activities.