WAFIRA Programme Evolution

Background & Antecedents

The Women’s Advancement Forum: International Exchanges, Research & Academia (WAFIRA) programme was Co-initiated in 2014, by Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala (President of African Gong), as a direct response to address the under-representation of African Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), in the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship and exchange support programmes, with the […]

Women in STEM Conference – Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 13 June 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala was invited as an International Keynote Speaker and delivered a presentation entitled, ‘Women in STEM: Moving from the tokenism of Projects to strategic Advancement through Sustainability, Mainstreaming and Institutionalisation Frameworks’ View Conference Video

SAWMSA-South African Women in Mathematical Sciences Association: Launch & Workshop Event, 6-7 June, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa

Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala was invited as a Keynote Speaker and delivered a presentation entitled, ‘The Socio-Political Hegemonic Constructs of Mathematical Ability in Societies: Paradigms of Gender, Race & Social Class.’ She Chaired the Panel Discussion Session on, ‘The so-called NEW South Africa in Research & Academia’, and also facilitated a Break-out Session entitled, ‘Mentoring and […]

German Government Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – Programme for African Women Scientists in STEM (PAWS)

Dr. Rasekoala was invited as an Expert and Resource Person to the German Government Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Workshop on the ‘Programme for African Women Scientists in STEM (PAWS)’, held on the 20-21 March 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) & Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) – Female Leadership and Higher Education Management in Developing Countries Conference

Dr. Rasekoala was invited as a Keynote Panel Speaker to the DAAD/DIES: Female Leadership and Higher Education Management in Developing Countries Conference, held on the 28-29 th June 2017, in Bonn, Germany. She delivered a presentation entitled, ‘African Perspectives on the Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing Female Leadership in Higher Education Management’, for the ‘Key […]

Women in STEM Initiative of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.

Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala has been appointed as a member (2017 – 2020) of the Advisory Council for the Women in STEM Initiative of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. The programmatic framework of the Initiative includes the following: Travelling Displays & Exhibitions of Women in STEM Role Models; International Documentary Series on Women […]

African Union Commission (AUC) – 8th African Union Pre-Summit on Gender

Dr. Rasekoala was invited by the African Union Commission-Human Resources Science & Technology (AUC-HRST) as an Expert and Stakeholder representative to the 8th African Union Pre-Summit on Gender (African Ministers’ of Gender & Women Affairs and Experts) to deliver a Panel Presentation for the Session on ‘Girls and Women’s Education in Africa with Emphasis on […]

African Union Commission (AUC) – Fund for African Women (FAW)

Dr. Rasekoala was appointed by the AUC as a member of the Steering Committee for the Fund for African Women (FAW), and invited to the Technical Meeting of the Committee, to a) Evaluate Project proposals submitted by Member States to the FAW under the 2014 Call, on the theme- ‘Environment and Climate Change’ – 56 […]

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) – 8th Joint AUC-ECA Conference of Ministers

Dr. Rasekoala was invited by the UNECA as an Expert Panel member for the 8th Joint AUC-ECA Conference of Ministers, High Level Policy Dialogue on ‘Making Agenda 2063 work for African Women: What needs to be done’. Dr. Rasekoala’s presentation was entitled ‘How can Science & Technology be used to unlock women’s potential?’ Dr. Rasekoala […]