GRACE participation in the International Conference on Women in Science and Technology in Arab Countries

Several GRACE researcher leaders contributed to the Conference on Women in Science and Technology in Arab Countries. Egypt GRACE research team leader Prof. Saneya EL-Neshawy gave a poster presentation on her research, entitled “Female Farmer’s Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Egypt: a Tool for Empowerment,” during this Kuwait City event held April 21-23, 2013. Prof. Einas Mahdi of Sudan gave a poster presentation on Gender Roles in Environmentally Sustainable Development, Sudan.

Prof. Rokhsana Ismail, one of the leaders of GRACE research in Yemen, chaired a session on gender and leadership. She also presented on the OWSD National Chapter “From Dreams to Reality: Case Study YWASTD-Yemen.” In addition Rokhsana co-chaired the Regional Advisory Committee and participated in panel discussion with GRACE research leaders Prof. Nagwa Abdel Meguid from Egypt and Prof. Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine from Tunisia.

Saneya presenting her GRACE poster, April 2013

Saneya, Huda, Oum Kalthoum, Nagwa and Rokhsana

Rokhsana presenting

Huda presenting her poster

Prof. Huda Basaleem of Yemen contributed as a key note speaker as well as presenting two posters on reporductive health issues in Yemen entitled Women’s Reproductive Health Seeking Behaviour in Four Districts in Sana’a: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; and Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Women in Childbearing Age about Selected Reproductive Health Issues in Lahej, Yemen, 2011.

This conference, the first of its kind, is organized to bring women in the Arab countries together to discuss how to foster women’s contribution to science and technology. Invited speakers representing women in the Arab countries as well as other regions highlighted topics related to science and technology, health and the environment as well as gender issues and leadership. http://www.kisr.edu.kw/Data/Site1/pdf/events_women_2.pdf

The conference is organized by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) in collaboration with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD http://owsdw.ictp.it/).
Main Conference Themes:
Women, leadership and gender issues
Women and health
Women, science and technology in the Arab world
Women and environmentally sustainable development

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