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“If you educate a woman, you can change a whole society.”

Dr. Janet Edeme, Policy Officer for Rural Economy and Agriculture Development, African Union Commission, Ethiopia

In August, Foresight For Development turns the spotlight on African women and gender foresight.


Spotlight on Millennia2015

"Millennia2015: Women actors of development for the global challenges" is a foresight research process launched by The Destree Institute and its international partners in 2007. Millennia2015 works with foresight as a method and the information society as context in solidarity.

Millennia2015 acts for gender equality, women's empowerment and their full participation to political, economic and social decisions, in complementarity with men, in order to build fairer and more ethical futures at the horizon 2025.

Millennia2015 examines futures issues that will have a strong influence on women's life in the knowledge society in every country, and their responsibilities with regards to their evolution at a global level. The Foresight Exercise is analysing Millennia2015 37 variables to build "An action plan for women's empowerment".

Goals of Millennia 2015
Foresight Methodology of Millennia 2015
Millennia2015 Foresight Exercise


From Millennia2015’s Library



Working in partnership with Millennia2015 in August we feature some interesting documents courtesy from www.millennia2015.org.


Millennia2015, "Women actors of development for the global challenges" is an international research process which gathers women and men determined to enforce the empowerment of women and the respect of human rights in every country. It is a worldwide think-and-action tank supported by a steering committee and thematic or regional communities, counting now more than 1.000 members from all the continents. Millennia2015 invites us to think together until 2015 about those issues in order to build a sustainable future in solidarity for all the women at the horizon 2025.


Millennia 2015 Process is built with Foresight as a method. The three sessions will develop their work on this basis:

2008 - Information Transfer
2011 - Knowledge Processes
2015 - Intelligence Platforms


Future studies remains largely male dominated in terms of practitioners and in terms of the epistemological assumptions that underlie theory, methodology and content. Women remain excluded from both the history and the future of the future.


The objective of this document is to investigate how the gender perspective is addressed as an issue in research and policy making concerning climate change and global health.


"Developments to Improve the Status of Women" is a Millennia 2015 Global Experts Study. Conducted using the Real Time Delphi technique provided by The Millennium Project, it was designed to collect opinions about gender-sensitive issues: those that are not yet sufficiently addressed or resolved, those that are emerging or might grow in importance in the next two decades, as well as policies, strategies, challenges and barriers to improving the status of women worldwide and in specific regions or cultures.


From our FFD library:

Here are the publications, available in our library, on women and gender foresight in Africa:


It is time to invest in African women to create a brighter future for Africa.


Creating the Future: Gender, Race and SET Sector Policies for Capacity Building and Innovation
The goal of this document is to provide a gender, race and SET sector policy framework within which institutions in the SA national system of innovation (NSI) can implement effective measures for ensuring that South African women participate fully in, and benefit from, innovative SET research, production of SET products and provision of SET


Locating Gender and Women’s Studies in Nigeria: What Trajectories for the Future?
The paper is presented in three parts. The first examines the context of gender and women’s studies in Nigeria. The second part explores the relations between intellectual content and political agenda. The last part of the paper outlines potential trajectories for the future.


Kenya’s Vision 2030: An Audit From An Income And Gender Inequalities Perspective
This report constitutes an attempt to audit Kenya’s Vision 2030 from both an income inequalities and a gender inequalities perspective, and to assess the ability of the Vision to respond to both of these persistent development challenges.


Mainstreaming Gender Into Trade And Development Strategies in Africa
In order to promote a mutually supportive, win-win (high growth, low gender inequality) scenario in the context of trade liberalization in Africa, women’s multiple roles, responsibilities and limitations need to be taken into account. This report seeks to provide elements for the construction of just such a scenario, and considers how and why women as a specific target population in sustainable development policies could enhance the effectiveness of trade liberalization policies in a mutually supportive path of development and poverty reduction in Africa.


Gender and climate change-induced conflict in pastoral communities: Case study of Turkana in north-western Kenya
This article discusses the following issues: climate change, pastoralism and conflicts, gender issues in Turkana, and the future of pastoralism in relation to changing climate conditions.


Sparknet Scenarios for the Future - Gender Issues
1. Gender-Energy-Poverty Linkages
2. Key issues in gender and energy
3. Energy sector issues related to gender arising from country studies



World development report 2012: gender equality and development outline
This Report will look at certain facts and trends regarding the various dimensions of gender equality in the context of the development process.

Women and Alternative Futures
This paper focuses on some crucial global trends that are impacting upon a social group and a class of human beings identified as women.

Future Female - A 21st Century Gender Perspective
This report is a window on women’s lives over the next ten years. It has been compiled in a partnership between the Women’s National Commission and the Future Foundation, leading economic and social forecasting bodies.

Investing in Gender Equality: Looking Ahead
The financial crisis of 2008-09 has highlighted the need for greater attention to gender, both to address the vulnerability of countries to global shocks and to reach growth and poverty reduction goals. Investments in girls and women need to be scaled up substantially in response to this and other recent crises and, looking ahead, to alleviate demographic stresses and harness demographic opportunities for growth. This is the case because the fate of women and girls, especially in low-income countries and low-income households, is closely linked to the economic prospects of these countries and these households.

Women and the Evolution of World Politics
A world run by women would follow different rules...

Gender and climate change: mapping the linkages
This paper, prepared for the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Equity and Rights Team, seeks to make the most of the available resources, pulling from them useful insights that could inform and strengthen future research on and interventions into gender and climate change.

Generating Food Security in the Year 2020: Women as Producers, Gatekeepers, and Shock Absorbers
This brief examines the key roles that women play in maintaining the three pillars of food security - food productions, food access, and food utilization - and it looks at how strengthening these pillars through policies that enhance women's abilities and resources provides a solution to meeting world food needs in the year 2020.

Applying Gender Action Plan Lessons: A Three-Year Road Map for Gender Mainstreaming (2011- 2013)
This transition plan identifies key lessons from the implementation of the World Bank Group action plan, Gender Equality as Smart Economics (GAP), and sets out a proposal to improve the performance on Gender and Development.

Gender and leadership? Leadership and gender? A journey through the landscape of theories
The purpose of this article was to examine the following three questions: Are women’s leadership styles truly different from men’s? Are these styles less likely to be effective? Is the determination of women’s effectiveness as a leaders fact-based or a perception that has become a reality?

The Effects of Gender on Elementary-Aged Students' Interest in Technology: A Preliminary Report
A research program was proposed to the National Science Foundation to determine how gender affected the learning of and interest in technical topics. It was desired to find a consumer product that was of high interest to girls and one that was of high interest to boys, but neither product should be of high interest to the opposite gendered child. A survey was designed to determine what items were of interest to children in the third and sixth grades.

A new look at long-term labour force projections to 2050
Among the factors affecting the composition and growth of the labour force over the next 50 years are the ageing of the baby-boom generation, the stabilization of women’s labour force participation rates, and increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the workforce.

Labour force participation: 75 years of change, 1950–98 and 1998–2025
Women’s labour force participation rates have increased significantly over the past 50 years, narrowing the gap between rates for women and men; however, ageing will play a dominate role in the rates for 2015 and 2025.

How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition?
The status of women depends on economic and social development of the countries and the creation of new jobs, unemployment reduction and hence, facilitates the improvement of people’s living standards. We need to explore changing status of women and how it can address the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century.

Development Dialogue: Climate Justice and Gender
As part of the Environmental Justice and Gender Programme, the Development Dialogue successfully took place on 18-19 December 2008 at the Convent of S. Maria del Giglio, Bolsena, Italy. More than 80 participants from all over the world, including students from some 23 different countries actively participated in the debates. The topics and issues covered ranged from political ecology, environmental justice and the more innovative gender and climate change nexus. Alternatives to local/global development approaches were also discussed.

Gender (in)equality and the future of work
The report mainstreams gender into the analysis of the future of work.


Also look at...

Feminism, Futures Studies And The Futures of Feminist Research, by Ivana Milojević:
“In 1995, we are part of thirty years of intensive feminist research. In these thirty years, research conducted from a feminist perspective has gone into many, sometimes even surprising, directions. Women's studies now deal with women's issues from many different viewpoints, feminist writers and researchers are coming from many different fields, traditions, and schools of thoughts. This article examines] the relationship between feminist and future research and also to contemplate how feminist research might possibly look in the future.”

Gender Issues: futures and implications for global humanity, by Ivana Milojević
“Gender issues are [thus] not simply side issues, to be relegated to the spheres of gender identities, sexuality and family. Rather, they are embedded in all that our human species believes and practices. This includes how we commonly perceive our futures and how we engage with social innovation and change.” This article outlines three main scenarios for gender futures and then considers their Implications for the future of our global human society

Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa
Women's week - Looking back to look forward
OSISA invites you to a series of dialogues and debates on the women's movement in southern Africa.
01, 03, 04 August 2011
More info...

The Challenge for Africa, by Wangari Maathai
In The Challenge For Africa, Wangari Maathai offers a powerful and compelling look at the problems facing Africa and the promises of the future.
Impassioned and empathetic, The Challenge for Africa is a book of immense importance.



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