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African Women in Science (AWIS)

Strengthening women in science, management, and policy on the African Great Lakes

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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 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. 

Yes, I want to lift up women in science for the African Great Lakes and their tributaries!

Examples of what your gifts will help support:

  • Help cover internet connection costs and tech support for an AWIS participant!

  • Build the AWIS program, particularly in allowing the women to visit North America. 

  • Your gift will pay for a scientist to take part in the International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Conference, 2023!

  • help connect early-career women scientists with mentors in their area of work!

A gift of $5,000 will fully fund one early-career scientist’s AWIS participation this year!


All U.S. donations are tax exempt in the U.S. ACARE is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

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If you are an organization or business that would like to donate financially, in-kind, or otherwise, please contact us.

All donations from the United States are tax deductible. 

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