Gender Summit 5 - Africa, 2015

An impressive list of main speakers will participate in the African leg of the Gender Summit Africa to take place in Cape Town from 28–30 April 2015, with the theme: ‘Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research and innovation: Better knowledge from and for Africa.’ The summit is co-hosted by the HSRC and Portia, UK. Other legs of the summit will take place in Seoul, South Korea in November 2015; the next in November 2015 in Berlin, Germany, and the fourth in April 2016 in Mexico.

Among the many prominent speakers are Professor Berhanu Abegaz, director of the African Academics of Sciences; Dr Wuraola Akande, a board member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association; Dr Patricia Arredondo, president of Chicago School of Professional Psycholog; Professor Glenda Gray, president of the Medical Research Council, and Mr Pali Lehohla, statistician-general of South Africa. To see a full list of speakers:

More than 500 delegates will attend the summit, which has developed into a worldwide community since its foundation in Europe. From its inception the underlying mission was to focus on actions based on research evidence and agreed upon through consensus. Previous summits took place in Europe and the United States. Topics include the following:

•    Acknowledging expertise, including indigenous and local community knowledge;
•    Transformative research;
•    Cell behaviour and biochemical sciences;
•    Scientific responses to environmental and social gender disparities;
•    Social science that makes a difference in reducing gender disparities;
•    Gender and social roles and relationships: Reflecting on Africa’s girl childred;
•    Advancing sciences with a focus on rural development and economic empowerment of women; and
•    Maternal, newborn and child health.

To read more, go to to register as a delegate.