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African Women in Science

You can empower African women scientists as they work to solve the biggest problems facing our fresh water today.

Hosted by IISD-ACARE, African Women in Science (AWIS) is a 10-month program designed by women, for women, to support the interests, needs, and goals of students and early-career scientists working on Africa’s large lakes and freshwater issues.  

We need YOU to help fund the inaugural year of this program. 

Your gift to build the AWIS program will:  

  • Connect early-career scientists with mentors in their chosen field. 

  • Build these scientists’ professional capacity through expert training in leadership; media relations; writing for science, policy, and public outreach; and meeting facilitation. 

  • Cultivate a community of peer support to reduce isolation and attrition. 

  • Support participants in presenting their work at international conferences and integrating into the larger scientific community. 

  • Grow networks to strengthen freshwater research and policy. 

  • Directly benefit 18 scientists in this first cohort and each subsequent group of women. 

  • Strengthen scientific collaboration around 25% of the global freshwater supply. 

Your gift will be used by IISD to support these participants and projects as it helps administer the African Women in Science program.


If your company or organization is interested in helping to build the AWIS program, please contact Erin Bend.