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08 March 2023

DigitALL gender equality – HSRC commemorates International Women’s Day

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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DigitALL gender equality: HSRC commemorates International Women’s Day 2023

Pretoria, Tuesday 7 March 2023 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and partners invite members of the media to the International Women’s Day commemoration to be held at the Sky Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg on 8 March 2023 from 9h30.

The breakfast dialogue seeks to reflect on, discuss and highlight the performance of girls in mathematics and science, and to look at the roles and experiences of women and girls in the digital era.

Similar to the United Nations (UN) and UN Women, the HSRC will observe International Women’s Day 2023 with a focus on the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.” It centers on the significance of improving technology and innovation education, empowering women and girls, reducing the gender digital divide, and addressing pandemic-driven digital disruptions.

At the dialogue, the HSRC will share the findings from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which measures the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth to ninth grade learners in various countries around the world.

In addition to monitoring mathematics and science over time, TIMSS also collects contextual information about the home, school and classroom environments to explain learner achievement. The study thus provides an important compass for policy interventions.

The event is organised by the HSRC in partnership with the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf), British Council, L’Oréal, the U.S. Embassy, Nka’Thuto EduPropeller, Kenya High Commission, Women in Science, and supported by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

Details of the event:

Date:                 8 March 2023

Time:                09h30

Venue:              Sky Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg (150 West Street, Corner West Street)

For media enquiries:

Dr Lucky Ditaunyane, Cell: +27 83 227 6074 Email: Nematandani, Cell: +27 82 765 9191 Email:

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Notes to the Editor

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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