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 Prof Charlene Africa addresses African women empowerment and scientific research issues at the Young Scientists Conference

Prof Charlene Africa addresses African women empowerment and scientific research issues at the Young Scientists Conference


Pictured here from left to right:  Stanley Maphosa (Int Liaison Manager, ASSAF),   Louisa Zondo (Councillor, Gender Mainstreaming, National Advisory Council on Innovation),  Susan Shabanga (Minister in the Presidency responsible for women), Charlene Africa  (UWC), Nancy Ngum (Programme officer, NEPAD).​

Prof. Charlene Africa, from the Department of Medical Biosciences and former Deputy Dean (Gender and Transformation) in the Faculty of Science, was invited to address young scientists from across Africa in a plenary session at the Young Scientists Conference which took place in Johannesburg September 2015. The title of her talk was Women and Health. The theme of the conference was aligned to the African Union theme, ‘Women’s Empowerment’ and was titled ‘Inspiring change post-2015: The role of science, technology and innovation in empowering women in Africa’. The conference focused on women’s empowerment and the scientific research being conducted across Africa to address gender equality challenges.

The event was hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the World Academy of Science (TWAS), Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), the Organisation for Women in the Developing World (OWSD), the National Research Foundation (NRF), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

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