Encouraging Women in STEM into Leadership Positions
The under-representation of women in STEM fields, particularly in leadership positions, is a global development issue. Women make up only 28% of researchers in all fields, and of this, only 30% move into STEM-related fields. In many Sub-saharan coun-tries, such as Ghana and Kenya, gender mainstreaming in STEM fields through policies, legislations, and programmes have made significant improvements in education but limited impact on women’s involvement in STEM careers and to leadership positions. The SISTARS project will collect systematic data to understand the enablers and barriers to women’s progression in industry and academia. Based on the data generated and understanding gained, case study institutions, stakeholders and re-searchers will work to co-create strategies to update policy and explore innovative interventions to position institutions to ad-vance women leaders in STEM.
The project will engage in a number of stakeholder workshops to fa-cilitate discussions on women’s career advancement and leadership within the national and institutional context, explore the issues and co-create solutions together with researchers with the intention to guide policy and interventions at national and institutional level. The stakeholder engagements will also be used to validate research findings and dissemination.