SAGA-UNESCO project in Québec

An innovative approach for evaluating gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement) is a UNESCO project supported by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The general objective of SAGA is to contribute to reducing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in all countries and at all levels of education and research.

The SAGA project in Québec was jointly directed by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). Its aim was to examine the measures put in place to promote gender equality in STEM. The project was presented in the Quebec Research and Innovation Strategy 2017‑2022 and the Government Strategy for Gender Equality Toward 2021.

See the Rapport sur les mesures de soutien à l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes en sciences, technologies, ingénierie et mathématiques au Québec.


The stages of the SAGA project in Québec

A first workshop held in Montréal on February 1, 2017 brought together representatives from government, universities, colleges, the private sector and non-profit organizations to lay the groundwork for a collaborative implementation of the project.

First workshop’s presentations

A consultation with more than 150 organizations identified around a hundred measures, classified under seven objective areas targeted by UNESCO: social norms and stereotypes; primary, secondary and technical education; higher education; career progression; research content, practice and agendas; policy-making processes; and entrepreneurship and innovation.

A second consultation workshop was held on March 22, 2018 to orient the analysis of the data collected and guide the production of a report presenting the diversity of the measures implemented in Québec and providing examples of inspiring initiatives and courses of action aimed at stimulating reflection on the different ways to approach gender equality in STEM fields.

The results of the SAGA project in Québec were also presented on Novembre 16, 2018 during a meeting of all the countries and regions taking part in the SAGA project at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. A report summarizing the results of the entire SAGA project will be published by UNESCO.

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