15.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Capacity building for women scientists and engineers in Africa

Within UNESCO’s framework of  Promoting access to STI policies and access to knowledge and Building capacities in the basic sciences and engineering respectively, UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology in Africa (ROSTA) organised a two day workshop for 29 women and three men scientists, engineers, policy makers and academics from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, in sub-Saharan Africa. This was followed by honouring of 10 distinguished women scientists by the UNESCO/L’Oreal partnership with a fellowships award of US$20,000 each towards completion of their PhD programmes. The meeting took place in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2012.

The overall objective of the workshop was to bring together women scientists and engineers to discuss the status of women in science and engineering in Africa and to deliberate on the effective ways of increasing women’s access to science and engineering for enhanced employment opportunities and inclusive growth.

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