On December 1-2 2017 the regional workshop in Africa for the project “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?” will be hosted by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) at Muizenberg (South Africa).
Gender equality and inclusion is of vital importance to the work of AIMS, where 30% of all graduates are women. AIMS believes that women can and will play a key role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals if they are given equal access to a quality education in the STEM fields; women constitute half of Africa’s brain capacity.
The objective of the workshop is to inform about the project, present its three tasks, make contacts with people that are instrumental for the project, and get input from Africa to adjust to local realities. It aims at organizing the dissemination of information about the project in Africa and the African participation to Task 1 and Task 3. Another goal is to have a meeting with the students and scientific community working at AIMS.
The workshop is organized by Igle Gledhill and Marie Francoise Ouedraogo. The participants will be people working in the various parts of Africa that have been nominated by the unions and organizations members of the project, as well as a few people from the coordination team. Twenty to thirty-five participants are expected. Participation is by invitation only.