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CARTA Round-table: Pursuing a PhD in Africa: Bridging the Gender Gap, 2nd December 2021, 3:30 - 5:30 PM EAT on ZOOM



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The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) invites you to join a two-hour round-table where the panelists will discuss Pursuing a PhD in Africa: Bridging the Gender Gap.


Date and Time: Thursday 2nd December, 2021, 3:30 to 5:30 PM EAT


Moderator: Sharon Fonn, CARTA Co-Director



  • John Alonge, Lecturer, University of Ibadan, Nigeria & CARTA graduate
  • Rose Opiyo, Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Kenya & CARTA graduate
  • Stephen Wandera, Lecturer, Makerere University & CARTA graduate
  • Macellina Ijadunola, Lecturer, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria & CARTA graduate


About the Round-table

Doctoral students have a strong desire to complete their degrees in good time, but they may face obstacles along the way that could impede their progress. Women and men may encounter different challenges in their PhD journey arising from societal expectations and traditional gender roles.
The difficulties they may have to face in scheduling their research and academic programs are related to critical events, such as childbearing and other caregiving responsibilities, as well as the continuing strain between academic and home obligations. Consequently, research has shown that women can take six months longer to complete their PhDs and have fewer papers accepted for publication during their doctoral studies compared to their male counterparts. Hence, factors such as family, employment, marital status, and economic concerns significantly shape women's education and research.
To address these imbalances, a gender-responsive PhD program is required, one that takes into account the different gender roles, which are likely to influence a PhD student's journey and completion of their degrees.

In this round table conversation, the panelists will discuss what it takes for women to pursue their PhD in Africa, what opportunities they have today as compared to the past, the challenges they have to bear, and the benefits they stand to gain through their PhD journey.


Find more information/register for the round-table here

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