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Call for Participants- 2nd International Leadership Conference for Women in Higher Education (WoHE, 2019)

Theme: Promoting Women in Science to Address the 21st Century Challenges  


March 6-8, 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

The Association of African Universities is calling for participants for its second edition of The International Leadership Conference for Women in Higher Education . This conference is one of the key platforms provided by AAU for the discussion of innovative and creative ways of empowering women, especially young women in higher education to reach their full potential and aspire to the topmost leadership positions in their chosen fields. 

Download the full concept note here –

To date, women continue to have unequal opportunities as their male counterparts. African higher education, for instance, continues to see fewer women occupying leadership positions in the universities, polytechnics and research institutions among others. Indeed, very few women have risen to positions such as Vice-chancellors, Heads of Departments, Deans and Registrars across the continent. This conference seeks to provide the platform to change the narrative. The maiden edition, which was held in Accra, Ghana was highly successful and brought women across national and international boundaries together to share knowledge, ideas and strategic management skills required for success in various leadership positions.

Focus on Women in STEM

As reflected by the theme, the focus of the 2019 Conference is on Promoting Women in Science to Address the 21st Century Challenges.

Africa’s progress is challenged by a myriad of problems ranging from lack of employment for its youth, the existence of tropical diseases, weak entrepreneurial drive and low levels of university-industry linkages, among others. It is widely accepted, that Science and Technology do have a key role to play in overcoming the continent’s developmental challenges.

However, studies have  revealed that though the number of women in science and engineering is growing, men continue to outnumber women, especially at the upper levels of these professions (AAUW, 2010).

Africa needs to ensure that its human resource – both men and women, are fully engaged in the STEM fields in solving its developmental challenges, and thus should make significant investment into women in STEM to increase their contribution to solving the continent’s challenges.  The promotion of Women in Science to contribute massively and equally to a developed Africa must therefore form an integral part of various plans and strategies aimed at achieving the African Union’s vision of ‘Africa We Want’ by the year 2063


The Conference seeks to:

-Inspire and empower the next generation of African women in STEM to actively and effectively contribute to solving Africa’s Challenges.

– Provide the platform for women in STEM to share their cutting-edge research as a way of inspiring others.  

– Build the leadership capacity of women in STEM to drive change and innovation in the STEM field.

– Draw attention to the important role of mentorship, through the provision of the platform for young scientists to interact with accomplished women scientists.

-Create the platform for various actors – educators, policy-makers and partners to debate on pertinent issues related to the promotion of Women in STEM.


The Conference Theme is: Promoting Women in Science to Address the 21st Century Challenges. Based on the Conference theme, the AAU is calling for papers under the following subthemes:

  1. Addressing Africa’s Challenges: the Role of Women in Science.
  2. Current Developments on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Africa.
  3. Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Policies, Strategies and Mechanisms to support Women in STEM.
  4. Resource Mobilization Strategies to support STEM research.
  5. Barriers to Female Participation in STEM fields.


-Presentation of Research Papers on the Conference subthemes

– Panel Discussions on Topical Issues

-Leadership Training Sessions

-Networking and Speed Mentoring Sessions


-Accomplished women in various leadership positions in STEM fields from all five regions of Africa

– STEM women academics and researchers in African HEIs.

-Women in industry, government and partner institutions involved in promoting STEM


Authors whose papers are accepted for presentation will be funded to make their presentation at the conference.


Date:  March 6-8, 2019

Venue:  Nairobi, Kenya

Host: Centre for Innovative Leadership and Governance  

Registration Link:

Abstract Submission:

NB: Though this is an all-female event, men who are willing to be involved in the process of developing and empowering women in STEM are also encouraged to get involved. 

Participation Fee

The Conference Registration fee is $ 200 for women participants; $50 for female students; and $300 for other participants. The conference fee covers meals and conference materials.

NAll other expenses – travel, accommodation, subsistence, etc. – are to be borne by participants.

Contacts:  +233-246425147 (AAU) (AAU) (CLIG, Kenya)


  1. faiza mohamed osman says:

    Faiza Mohamed Osman

  2. Aghareed M. Tayeb says:

    I may prepare a paper and participate in the conference

  3. Dooshima Tuleun says:

    How can i become a member of Association of African Universities (AAU). Hoping for a response.

  4. Christine says:

    Thank you for coming up with such a good idea, i would love to be registered for the conference, is it possible to first register before clearing the fee?
    Thank you once again

    • Joan says:

      Dear Christine, sorry for the late response. Kindly note that you can register as it is still open, you can equally pay the fees onsite that is in Kenya

  5. Joana Holdbrooke says:

    Intelligent initiative to increase the standard of living conditions among females in our contemporary world. “Africa” to be precise.
    I hereby suggest whether some support could be given to final year undergraduate student to help them contribute massively in the conditions of Africa women.

    Someone like me is interested to attend but can’t afford the cost since am not working. Looking at the course am offering (Community Based Rehabilitation and Disability studies), the theme for the conference will be a great opportunity for me to bring back what I will learn to my community.

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