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African Women Diplomatic Forum presents African & Canadian Women in STEM - Challenges & Opportunities


African Women Diplomatic Forum presents African & Canadian Women in STEM - Challenges & Opportunities

      African and Canadian Women in STEM - Challenges and Opportunities

                              A Day to Share, Learn and Celebrate Accomplishments

                                                Monday March 25, 2019

Round Table Invitation only event      10 AM to 12 noon – IDRC office 150 Kent Street, Ottawa

Open to the Public: 

Key Note and Panel Discussion   1:30 to 6:00 PM –  The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat  -199 Sussex Drive, 

Key Note address:  “Women in Science: Busting myths and misconceptions”

A panel discussion on:

1.Progress made in attracting and retaining women and girls in STEM in Africa,

2.Strategies for increasing opportunities for women scientists in Colleges and Universities,

3.Journey to the top: Lessons learnt,

4.Establishment of Canada-Africa Women Scientists Network.

The Challenges and Opportunities for women in STEM  (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics ) event is being organized within the broader framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and the International Women’s day celebrations. The women and girls in Science day is celebrated each year on February 11 whereas the international women’s day is commemorated each year on 8th March. Both days are a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology and that their participation must be strengthened, especially in Africa.

We will be showcasing 4 to 5 African women scientist based in Africa and Canada while providing a platform for these women scientists to share and exchange knowledge and ideas on how to enhance the participation of women in STEM and help us to celebrate the successes registered on the African continent. The output will be the establishment of networks and collaboration between African and Canadian Women Scientists.

On the morning of March 25 at the office of IDRC, 150 Kent Street by invitation only, a roundtable event will be held to establish some frameworks on how best to improve the participation of women in the STEM sector. A formal proposal will be drawn up.

In the afternoon the event will be open to the public and moved to the The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat at 199 Sussex Drive where there will be a high-level panel discussion on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The panel will be made of women leaders in STEM and will be preceded by a Key Note address given by a special guest speaker.

Participants at the forum will be drawn from the following groups:

Academics and students from Universities

Government officials: Global Affairs Canada

Members of Parliament

Diplomatic corps of Canada

Civil Society and Non-Government Organization

We welcome this event in Canada as a huge step forward to strengthen our ties and build stronger bridges for African and Canadian women in STEM and hope you can join us. 

Program & List of speakers: 

 1:30 - 2:00 pm Arrival and registration Exhibition Women in STEM

 2:00 - 2:10pm  Welcome Remarks

1.Dr. Mahmoud Eboo: Resident Representative for The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

2.President AWDF Her Excellency Viviane Bampassy

3. President IDRC President Jean Lebel

2:10 -2:30pm

Keynote Address TBC

“Women in Science: Busting Myths and Misconceptions”

2:30 - 3.30pm  High Level Panel 1 Discussion on:

Women in STEM in Africa: Where are we?

Where are the most successes and why?

Journey to the Top: Lessons learnt

Panel Moderator: TBC


Prof. Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli: Morocco 

Ms Comfort Mintah: South Africa

Dr. Rita Orji, Halifax, Canada

3:30 -3:50pm Question and Answer

Panel Moderator: TBC

3:50 -4:00pm  Video/ slide show on African women scientists

4:00 -5:00pm  High Level Panel 2- Dicussion on: 

What can be done to improve the situation?

Funding Women in STEM

Challenges and Opportunities


Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck: Senegal

Dr. Purity Ngina: Kenya

Midia Shikh-Hassan: Ottawa Canada

5:00 -5:30pm Question and Answer

Moderator TBC

5:30 -6:00pm  Closing Remarks

AWDF Vice President Chargée d'Affaires for Rwanda Shakilla Umutoni

6:00 -7.00pm  Closing Reception


 What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We recommend you arrive by UBER OF LYFT as the parking is limited to short term street parking 

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