OWSD Kenya attends RUFORUM

Sixth African Higher Education week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference see here, 22nd -26th October, 2018

Theme: Aligning African Universities to Accelerate Attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063

The OWSD Kenya team presented during the side event.
Showcasing opportunities for scientists to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
The side event was hosted by The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan
Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World
(OWSD) South African National Chapter


The aim was to create awareness of the existing opportunities, at TWAS and OWSD so that scientists can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities and climate action. The side event was aimed at policy makers, young and senior scientists, particularly from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) in sub-Saharan Africa, research institutions, science councils, RUFORUM members, members of academies of science and other organisations in the national system of innovation.

The team of four members of Kenya National Chapter were represented by Dr. Patriciah Wambugu (Chapter President) Prof. Elizabeth Njenga (The Chapter Vice President), Dr. Emily J. Chemoiwa (Chapter Treasurer) and Dr. Winfred Mutuku (Active member). Other presenters included The participants were sponsored by the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSAf). Ms Elzarie Swanepoel the liason officer of gender – Science technology and innovation (ASSAf) was the link person and coordinator of the event.


The OWSD Kenya National chapter represented by the chapter chair Dr. Patriciah Wambugu gave a highlight of the objectives of the National Chapter and addressed the critical need for African countries to establish OWSD national chapters so as to facilitate and promote women’s participation in science and country development. She further highlighted the importance and benefits of being affiliated to these organisations. To address gender related societal issues hindering women’s participation in science.

She further highlighted the objectives of the Kenya national chapter where the main objective is to Support the Advancement of Girls and Women in Science & Technology.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Increase the participation of women in scientific and technological research, teaching and leadership

  • Promote scientific excellence of women scientists and technologists

  • Promote collaboration and communication among women scientists and technologists

  • Increase access of women in Kenya to the socio-economic benefits of science and technology

  • Promote participation of women scientists and technologists in the development of their country

The critical issue is to come up with strategic priorities for a successful achievement of the specific objectives. She encouraged all to partner with the Kenyan chapter team.

Other presenters in the side event were:

  • Prof. Olubukola Babalola: OWSD Vice President (Africa region)
  • Ms. Phyllis Kalele: Senior Liason officer (Africa Collaboration) at ASSAfOWSD SA NC Executive Committee member, TWAS-SAREP Manager
  • Dr. Prof. Collet Dandara: TYAN Executive committee member, Professor of genetics at university of Cape Town
  • Mr. Kholani Mbhiza: Liason officer at ASSAf and TWAS-SAREP Secretariat