Gender Issues Incorporated in Intellectual Property Training Program for Least Developed Countries

November 8, 2016

A WIPO training program on intellectual property (IP) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has integrated gender issues in the substantive content of its curriculum.

The “Advanced Training and Advisory Program on Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy for the Least Developed Countries” includes a session entitled “Gender Equality”.

This allows participants to learn about the integral elements of an effective IP system and in addition, facilitates better understanding of inclusivity issues surrounding IP, for example:

  • The importance of sensitizing both men and women to use IP as a tool for invention and innovation.
  • How to ensure that the benefits of IP, and specifically the use of IP for economic growth and development, are understood and reaped by all.

Rich gender equality history

Over the years it has existed, the Program has aimed at balanced gender representation amongst participants.  This has led to a near 50%-50% gender balance in recent years and 2015 even saw a 52%-48% female-male participation ratio. Over 270 senior officials from LDCs participated over the years 2004-2015, including over 100 women who are in key responsibility positions in institutions of higher education and Government offices.

This dedicated effort to promote and ensure gender equality has ensured a rich exchange of experiences and knowledge amongst the diverse participants, the creation of successful professional networks, and the implementation of project-based and development-oriented activities at the national level.

More about the program

The Program is offered and specifically tailored to senior officials from the public and private sectors in LDCs. There is a particular focus on participants from business, industry, academia and research institutions, as well as individual IP practitioners.

The overarching aim is to help participants better understand the key issues related to the use of IP tools for development with the objective of employment creation and wealth generation.

The Program is organized and administered by WIPO - Division for Least Developed Countries - in cooperation with the Government of Sweden, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).