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This Is What Our African Women in Science Program Can Achieve

It is an unfortunate reality that women have traditionally been disenfranchised from work in the sciences—the result has been that their unique perspectives are missing from critical solutions to environmental problems.

When it comes to working on the African Great Lakes, our solution is to empower African women in freshwater science through training, education, and mentorship.


Our African Women in Science program has many goals—one of which is to ensure African women scientists have access to international conferences to develop their skillsets, make contacts, and engage in the community.


This summer, some of our 2021 cohort were able to present at and attend the annual International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference—held virtually.

It proved to be a useful and enjoyable experience all around.

Below you will find quotes from some of the attendees explaining the value of this experience for their professional development and the future of African women in science.

“It was inspiring listening to the different work being done by fellow AWIS members in their respective countries. I saw it as an opportunity for collaborative research among and between countries.”

      ~Loziwe Njobvu Chilufya

During this conference, I was able to make contact with other scientists. The themes presented are, for me, a model and also a reference for my current research and presentations. And so, it was an opportunity for me to learn a few more things.”

      ~Joyeuse Mudagi




“At IAGLR's 64th annual conference on Great Lakes Research I learned many things. I learned more about different methods used by presenters in their studies, but I also learned more from the attitude of the presenters as public speakers.”

     ~Neema Maheshe Gradi

“What was interesting for me was seeing like-minded people come together, which gives the opportunity to learn and just see how the same research can be viewed from different angles, giving room for development as well as improving approach and analysis.”

      ~Namakau Muyumbana

“Taking part in the conference, I was learning the challenges that our lakes have, the different species of our lakes and their influence, and what I can do for sustainability of our lakes.”

      ~Aline Munundu Mangaza


We can support the early careers of so many African women working on the African Great Lakes—and ensure that they can attend international conferences such as IAGLR because of donor generosity.

Learn more and donate here.

The African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) was established to help strengthen and harmonize science and information exchange through a highly collaborative network of freshwater experts.

The international team of multi-disciplinary experts at the International Institute for Sustainable Development delivers the knowledge to act. We tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems by conducting innovative research, generating evidence and championing sustainable solutions.

For more information about the content on this page, the IISD-ACARE program, or ACARE, contact:

Dr. Ted Lawrence

Executive Director, ACARE


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