Inspiring the next generation of African Women Scientists
The low representation of women in ARD in Africa has been well recorded, with data indicating that women represent on average only 24 percent17 of researchers.
Recognizing this low representation and the need to intervene at an early stage, AWARD partnered with the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN), the University of Edinburgh, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the University of Ibadan, the University of Zambia, and the African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET) to pilot the IVVN African Schools Outreach Programme in Kenya and Nigeria. A total of 120 high school girls aged between 15 and 17 years from Precious Blood Girls Secondary School-Riruta in Kenya, and Abadina Grammar School in Nigeria participated in the pilot program.
AWARD country chapters in Kenya and Nigeria, the primary vehicles through which we deepen our intra-country engagements, were key partners in the pilot program.
The African Schools Outreach Programme aims to shape and inspire the perspectives of the future generation of African scientists by exposing young girls to the latest trends and career options in veterinary science.