The first Forum for African Women Vice Chancellors, FAWoVC was launched yesterday (24 August 2016) during the women leadership meeting on Higher Education for economic empowerment. This event took place during the side event for the upcoming sixth edition of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) happening this week in Nairobi, Kenya.
Addressing the opening session, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Professor Judy Wakhungu, called for political commitment to gender mainstreaming in all productive sectors of Africa’s economy. Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng from UNESCO emphasised the need to strengthen collaboration, learning and building synergies among existing women forums in Africa so as to create meaningful contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Gender disparity in agriculture persists because challenges facing women farmers are still inadequately tackled in agricultural policy strategy and programs” said Dr. Asa Torkelsson, the Economic Empowerment Advisor, UN Women during her presentation.
The event provided a platform for networking, lesson learning and mentorship among the female Vice Chancellors while tackling issues affecting the low number of women in STEM and leadership. The two day meeting brought together 20 Vice Chancellors from African Universities, representatives from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), UN Women, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and RUFORUM. During the event, Professor Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was elected the interim chairperson of FAWoVC. Click here to download the press release.
Related articles linked to this press release include: Promoting Gender Inclusivity in Agricultural Sector through Collaborations and Women Vice Chancellors in New Growth Agenda for Africa.