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Breaking barriers to women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, women are extremely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Government data for 2013 showed that women constitute less than 10% of the engineering and technology research workforce. Recognizing that scientific and technological advancement requires more women in STEM, the Ministry of Education established several policies to increase female enrollment in STEM programs, increase the number of women in academic leadership roles, enhance scientific publishing by women researchers, and hire more women faculty. However, little is known about the effectiveness of such policies.

This research project, led by the University of Gondar, will generate evidence to assist the Ministry of Education of Ethiopia and three public universities (Bahir Dar, Debre Tabor, and Debark) to improve their policies to increase women’s participation in STEM programs, leadership, research, and employment. The research will identify and assess the impact of these policies; assess the barriers to women in STEM fields; and identify policy and practice changes to increase the participation of women in STEM.

This project was selected for funding as part of the call for proposals “Breaking systemic barriers to women’s participation in science”.

Project ID
Project Status
24 months
IDRC Officer
Katie Bryant
Total Funding
CA$ 213,300.00
Education and Science
Education and Science
Foundations for Innovation
Institution Country
Project Leader
Gebeyehue Abate
Gonder University