Encouraging gender equality in research: AU and EU award African scientists
Thursday, 26 January, 2017
On 24 January 2017, the Kwame Nkrumah Regional Awards for women 2016 were presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Gender Pre-Summit, of the 28th AU heads of states and government assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The prize ceremony took place in the presence of Dr. Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission. The EU delivered one of the five prizes, represented by Ranieri Sabatucci, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to the African Union.
Under this joint initiative, awards are made to top African scientists at national, regional and continental levels. The participation of women in research, their opportunities to contribute fully and their recognition, as well as gender issues in research itself, are an integral part of good research policy and to support gender diversity for scientific excellence. The EU has supported the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards since 2009; it is part of the EU-Africa collaboration in Science, Technology & Innovation (STI), under the Human Development component of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).
Read more about this year's laureates and their research.