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FAWE develops tracking system to measure gender equality in higher education


Friday, 4 November 2011

FAWE has developed an electronic tracking system to monitor progress towards gender equality in African institutions of higher education. The African Women in Academia Tracking System (AWATS) is a component of FAWE’s African Women in Institutions of Higher Education project launched in eight African universities in 2009 to improve women’s participation and experiences in higher education.

AWATS enables African universities to track their own patterns and trends in employment and promotion of women and measure the gender-responsive transformation of their environments over time. FAWE plans to use the information generated to advocate for enhanced participation of women within universities taking part in the project and to subsequently develop a model on women’s participation in higher education that can be replicated in other universities across Africa.

Three universities from Kenya, Swaziland and Uganda participating in the African Women in Institutions of Higher Education project pilot-tested the AWATS system during a workshop conducted by FAWE in Nairobi, Kenya, from 31 October to 2 November 2011.

The workshop also presented an opportunity for Gender Equality and Advocacy Team (GEAT) members from the three institutions – Kenyatta University in Kenya, Busitema University in Uganda, and University of Swaziland in Swaziland - to share experiences on the implementation of the African Women in Institutions of Higher Education project in their respective institutions.

For more information please contact Aruna Ramakrishnan, FAWE Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, on aramakrishnan@fawe.org

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