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Science Engagement Days 2024: A call for more women in research

Women comprise nearly half of the world's population. Despite this fact, they remain underrepresented in the field of research, constituting less than 30% of researchers globally. This underrepresentation repeats itself in academic leadership. In Africa's top 97 universities, only 21% have female chancellors, 14% have female vice-chancellors, and 26% have female registrars.

In response to this disparity, we invite women researchers and everyone else interested to join the online Arusha Debate "(More) Women in Research Seminar 2024" on March 7th from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm EAT.

Register here, or watch the debate LIVE from the following social media channels: TCDC's YouTube and FacebookDanida Fellowship Centre´s LinkedIn, and YouLead´s X (Twitter). 


The livestreamed Arusha debate is part of the seminar "(More) Women in Research," where 60 women researchers from 15 countries across Africa are gathered in-person to discuss and promote women in research at MS TCDC in Arusha from March 5th to 8th, 2024.

Explore the Program Highlights

The "(More) Women in Research Seminar 2024" will feature keynote addresses by Hon. Joyce L Ndalichako, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Tanzania, and Dr. Beatrice Muganda Inyangala, Principal Secretary, State Department for Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Education, Kenya.

Among the topics to explore are "How to advance in academia as a woman and break the glass ceiling," "Women taking leadership in funding, networking, mentorship, and advocacy," and "Why gender sensitivity and how to navigate the publishing world." The seminar will conclude with a manifesto of key recommendations for how to pave the way for more women in research.


Highlighting the necessity for diverse perspectives in research, Ulla Næsby Tawiah, Director of Danida Fellowship Centre, emphasizes, "The world’s immense challenges call for new insights and solutions drawn from various perspectives. Currently, academic research largely mirrors the male perspective. To ensure varied perspectives and research relevant for everybody, we urgently need more women in research."


"I wish to live in a world where the academic community can appreciate the tremendous contribution that women make in research. The world benefits from having more women in research: from the new perspectives that they have to offer to the diversity of ideas," says Dr. Ana Luis Haule, MS TCDC’s Director.


The underrepresentation of women in research limits the diversity of perspectives applied to solving complex problems. Capturing and promoting more women's perspectives in research not only enriches the research environment but also enhances the quality of gender-inclusive solutions.

The Women in Research seminar is a component of the Science Engagement Days project by Danida Fellowship Centre, focusing on supporting researchers to transform their knowledge into action and provide inclusive solutions in collaboration with others.

The "(More) Women in Research 2024" is collaboratively developed as a component of the Together for Impact partnership between DFC and MS TCDC. This partnership aims to develop innovative and effective methodologies for learning.


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