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25 June 2021
Webinar: COVID and the impact on women in academia
Over the past few years, great strides have been achieved for the participation of women in the South African Higher Education landscape. COVID-19 may have derailed and slowed down some of this positive momentum and in recent publications from UWC and University of Stellenbosch, the impact of COVID-19 on the role of women both personally and professionally have been shared.

The upcoming webinar will therefore continue to explore the impact of COVID-19 on women in academia and attempt to share some coping strategies that women have utilised in navigating the higher education landscape during COVID-19. 

Topic: COVID and the impact on women in academia
Date: Thursday, 1 July 2021
Time: 12:30
Link (YouTube):

Register Now as the following speakers unpack their thoughts on the interesting topic!

The Speakers are:
Prof. Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University. He is a curriculum theorist, and his research is concerned with the politics of knowledge. His 2019/2020 books (co-authored, co-edited) include South African Schooling: The enigma of inequality, Fault lines: a primer on race, science and society, Who gets in and why: the politics of admission in South Africa’s elite schools, Learning under lockdown: voices of South Africa’s children, and Learning Lessons. His current research included a national study on the impact of the pandemic on the academic work of women scholars. He holds a PhD (Stanford) and five honorary degrees in education. Prof Jansen will share the outcomes of his study on the impact of COVID-19 on women in academia.

Prof. Michelle Andipatin currently serves as the Deputy Dean (Research) within the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. Her areas of interest and expertise include but are not limited to women's health, reproductive health, gender-based violence, feminisms and masculinities, alternative health paradigms and the intersection of science and spirituality. Her research commitment is to social justice, social change and transformation. Since 2020, she has spearheaded the task team on well-being within the Faculty. Guidelines were developed for staff and were implemented within all departments/units and centres.In the webinar Prof Andipatin will share some of her thoughts on COVID, well-being and higher education.

Mr Meko Magida is the Executive Director: Human Resources at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Mr Magida has championed the HR strategy and steered HR operations in various work environments. He has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law (LLM) from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is an accomplished Human Capital Practitioner and a Labour Law Specialist with over 25 years’ strategic and operational experience in leading and managing HR in South Africa. With all his experience Mr Magida will be touching on improving equality and reducing discrimination in the labour market for women and relate it to the impact of COVID-19.

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