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International Conference on Gender Studies in Africa (IGSA - 2022) 23rd to 25th February 2022, Makerere University.



Event Details

The School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS), Makerere University invites you to the International Conference on Gender Studies in Africa IGSA scheduled to take place from 23rd to 25th February 2022.


The aim of this conference is to define the role of Gender Studies in Africa’s development by enabling a conversation about the past and future of Gender Studies in Africa in relation to:

  1. Teaching Gender Studies (what have been the experiences and how can they be improved)
  2. Theorising Gender Studies (what is the role of theory and theories of gender studies from the global north and south)
  3. Research(ing) Gender (What have been the experiences with gender focused research; is there a unique gender research methodology; the role of research in gender; and how gender has informed research praxis)
  4. Practicing Gender (How has gender been applied in the field of practice – from Development, Activism and Advocacy).
  5. Impact/Effect/Benefits of Gender Studies in Africa (positive effects such affirmative action, gender budgeting, reviewing Africa women’s history, etc)


Guest of Honour: Her Excellency Jessica Alupo, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda


  • Mrs. Lorna Magara, Chairperson, Makerere University Council
  • Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor


Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Amina Mama, Director WGS Program, University of California (UC) Davis, USA, Editor of Feminist Africa
  • Dr. Nyepudzayi Mercy Nyangulu, Regional Champion for Women of Africa Arise (WAA), Chair - The Women in Management, Business and Development ( WIMBD), Trust of Zimbabwe


Register in advance to attend the Opening Ceremony virtually:


Plenary Sessions:


1st Plenary Panel: Gender Studies and Feminist Activism (Day 1, 3:20-5:00PM)

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Chair: – Professor Sylvia Tamale, School of Law, Makerere University


  1. Ms. Angella Nakafeero, Commissioner, MoGLSD
  2. Ms. Rita Hope Aciro, Executive Director UWONET
  3. Ms. Jane Ekapu, Secretary, EOC
  4. Dr Aramanzan Madanda-Care Uganda
  5. Ms. Marion Kirabo -Guild Minister (Former)
  6. Ms. Goldiva Akullo - Grassroots


2nd Plenary Panel: Teaching Gender in an African Academy (Day 2, 10:20-11:50AM)

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Chair and Key Note Address - Prof. Aili Tripp, Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


  1. Ethiopia- Dr. Aynalem Megersa
  2. Ghana- Prof. Ampofu
  3. Zimbabwe- Dr. Nogget Matope
  4. South Africa- Dr.  Amanda Gouws
  5. Nigeria- Dr. Oluwakemi Anu Wale-Olaitan


3rd Plenary Panel : Financing/Funding Gender Research (Day 2, 2:10-3:40PM)

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Chair: Prof. Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University


  1. Dr. Andrea Johnson - Carnegie
  2. Dr. Justine Namalwa – Master Card
  3. Dr. Katherine Namuddu – Former Rockefeller
  4. Dr. Anna Reismann – KAS
  5. Ms. Ruth Asasira –Head for Women in Business and Special Programme, DFCU


4th Plenary Panel: Gender Studies and Practice: Lessons from the Field UN Women High Level Policy Panel (Day 3, 8:30-10:00AM)

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Chair: Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Makerere University

  1. Regional Director - UN WOMEN
  2. UN Resident Coordinator Uganda
  3. Dr. Margie Kigozi- Private Sector
  4. Hon. Peace Regis Mutuzo, Gender, Labour and Social Development Deputy Minister Norwegian Embassy


5th Plenary Panel: The Future of Gender Studies in Africa (Strategies for the way forward) Day 3, 2:00-3:00PM

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Keynote Address: Prof. Joy Kwesiga, Vice Chancellor , Kabale University

Chair: Prof. Sarah Ssali, Dean, SWGS


  • Botswana - Prof. Chilisa Bagele, University of Botswana
  • Uganda - Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali, Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University
  • Ethiopia - Prof. Shefer Tamar,
  • Kenya - Prof. Emmy Kipsoi


Register in advance to attend the Conference.


Attachments: (Click to download)

Conference Programme

Opening Ceremony Banner

1st Plenary Panel Banner

2nd Plenary Panel Banner

Prof. Amina Mama Banner



Event Venue

Central Teaching Facility 2 (CTF2), Makerere University and Online.