Aug 25, 2023
AWARD Launches Leadership Program for Emerging Women in Science


Cheryl Wambugu

In a significant stride toward bridging the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), The AWARD Leadership Program for Emerging Women in Science has unveiled its second Cohort. Spearheaded by AWARD, this initiative aims to address the systemic gender disparities that have persisted in STEM disciplines. This transformative Leadership Program funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York   is set to pave the way for a more inclusive and diverse future in the world of women in this field.

The program’s inauguration in 2021 marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing efforts to empower and support women in STEM. The unveiling of its second Cohort, composed of 27 women under the age of 35, heralds a new chapter of progress and innovation. The participants, drawn from diverse nations, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, and Madagascar, bring with them their experiences and zeal to learn.

The selection of participants from a wide spectrum of institutions, including universities, government bodies, private enterprises, and research institutions, enhances the program’s commitment to fostering a holistic learning environment. This environment is specifically designed to equip these emerging leaders with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to become experts in their respective fields.

The program entails a six-month virtual training course crafted to nurture skills and encourage innovation. The course encompasses multiple topics, ranging from leadership and management to effective communication and gender-responsive research. Additionally, the program strongly emphasizes peer learning, recognizing the invaluable insights that can be gleaned from collaboration and shared experiences.

Its effectiveness relies on the innovative tools provided to participants, enabling them to map their professional paths. By creating personalized career plans, they will develop the clarity required to navigate their complex fields. Additionally, participants will expand their networks and take part in valuable learning discussions hosted by AWARD and its partners.

The participants shall be under the guidance of leading experts who are members of the AWARD A-Team , including Dr. Salome Gitoho, Dr. Richard Miiro, Prof. Ivy Drafor-Amenah, Mr. Albert Tsindi, Ms. Monica Kapiriri, and Ms. Titilope Fakoya. The training began on August 14, 2023, marking the start of a transformative six-month journey that will conclude on February 1, 2024.


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