The Association of Commonwealth Universities has issued grants for gender workshops in ten Commonwealth universities in order to help with the costs of running workshops promoting gender equality in higher education
The Association of Commonwealth Universities has issued grants for gender workshops in ten Commonwealth universities in order to help with the costs of running workshops promoting gender equality in higher education.
Grants of up to £1,000 are awarded annually to universities around the world as part of the ACU Gender Programme.
The ACU Programme supports the recruitment of women in higher education leadership and management and works with universities.
The association received more than 90 applications from institutions in 28 Commonwealth countries in 2017.
This year’s first recipient is Covenant University in Nigeria, whose Department of Political Science and International Relations is organising an international event on Mainstreaming Gender in Higher Institutions of Learning: Implications for Growth and Development.
Another Nigerian university benefitting from the grants is Ebonyi State University, which will deliver a workshop on Gender Sensitivity in Knowledge Production, Knowledge Acquisition/Dissemination and University Management.
In Pakistan, Fatima Jinnah Women’s University and Jinnah Sindh Medical University have both received grants, the former for a workshop on Women in Leadership & Management: Opportunities and Challenges, the latter to help explore Integrating Gender in Higher Education Institutions.
Mozambique’s Eduardo Mondlane University will receive a grant for its workshop on Women in Science and Research, and the University of Asia Pacific in Bangladesh will hold an introductory workshop on Gender Issues, held by the Directorate of Students’ Affairs.
In India, the II S University will host a national workshop on Developing Leadership and Management Skills for Women in Higher Education and the Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalaym University is focussing its workshop on the Role of Men and Boys in Gender Equality.
The Department of Gender Studies at the University of Malta will host a workshop, Gender Mainstreaming in University Curricula and Research, and last, the University of Guyana is titling its workshop Not on Our Campus, Not in Our Communities: Stopping sexual and gender-based harassment and violence on campus and in the larger community.
Evelina Vardanyan, Coordinator of the ACU Gender Programme, said: “The ACU has been committed to advancing gender equity in higher education throughout the Commonwealth for over 30 years, by providing training, running workshops and conferences, and supplying free resources.
“We would like to congratulate all applicants, and wish them every success in their efforts to bring gender equity to campus.”
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