Women in Research 2021

There are many inequities in global research and these include inequities based on gender. Many studies have found male researchers are significantly more likely than female researchers to be first authors on papers, and men dominate when it comes to senior academic positions.

INASP is working to support more equitable research and knowledge systems. Over the past two years, 5458 women have taken an AuthorAID online course to support their research writing skills (48% of the total participants) and just over 50% of course completers were female. To celebrate Women in Science Day in February and International Women's Day in March, we invited five of the many female researchers on last year's courses to share a bit about their stories.

Read about Sujata Dhungel's research into drinking water quality in Nepal

"The entire process of experimenting and finding results of my research work makes me enthusiastic and excited."

Read how Pauline Kibui's research with goat breeds in Uganda led to helping families with fertility issues

"I was impressed by the unique opportunity that research gave me to pursue topics of my interest, to continuously learn new concepts, network with global researchers and most importantly the applicability of my work to improve livelihoods and quality of life."

Read about Joycelyn Ansong's enthusiasm for education research

"Women should join research teams and identify female research mentors who have achieved in research to guide them."

Read Aisa Shayo's story of working with premature babies in northern Tanzania

"I am so proud to be a scientist, a doctor, and always remember I will and I can!"

Read about Phyllis Nasirumbi's work in engaging communities in improving menstrual hygiene

"I am most excited about seeing lives changed and destinies recovered through giving girls and boys knowledge that empowers them to make right decisions with regards to their reproductive health."

Read last year's collection of Women in Science stories