March 20, 2015

Advancement of Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Disciplines

Women of color face numerous barriers in the STEM fields. In a well-researched paper, the scholars indicate the unique factors that contribute to challenges that women of color face in the STEM industry, including tokenism, bicultural stress, racism and stereotyping, among other challenges. The research also examines the combination of courage, strength and resilience that […]

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March 20, 2015

Gender in Higher Education in Africa

Education at all levels in Africa is gendered and disparities are visible in higher education. Although some progress has been made in increasing female participation, research shows that as Amina Mama states, “patriarchal knowledge is still coded into everyday practices.” According to the CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa) article, the […]

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March 20, 2015

President Obama Recognizes Inspiring Story of a Nigerian Woman, Saheela Ibraheem

On February 26th, in honor of Black History Month, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama honored 19 year-old Nigerian Saheela Ibraheem with an official White House reception. Named among the “World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers,” Ibraheem was accepted into 14 prestigious colleges including MIT, Harvard, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, among others. She started Harvard at age 15 […]

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March 20, 2015

Verizon Launches Campaign to Support Girls in STEM

To learn more about this campaign, click here. […]

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March 20, 2015

The Ellen Pao Case: Gender Discrimination in the Silicon Valley

Women are consistently underrepresented and dismissed in the STEM fields and especially in the Silicon Valley technology companies. Ellen Pao’s case is prime example of the challenges facing women in STEM. Pao is filing a lawsuit against one of the most successful Venture Capitalist firms in Silicon Valley for gender discrimination and retaliation. […]

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March 20, 2015

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59)

One of our NEF team members was given a personal update by a friend participating in the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2015 meeting. It took place from March 9 to 20th in New York. Lyna Javier-Castillo, featured below, has been working with the UN for the last four years. The march towards […]

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March 5, 2015

Device Invented by Car Mechanic that could Revolutionize Childbirth

Jorge Odon, age 60, a car mechanic by profession is the inventor of a childbirth device. His idea was to replace the cruder forceps with with a smaller plastic bag inside the womb to ease pressure on a birth with complications. According to Odon: “At 3 a.m. I woke up with the idea [for the […]

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March 1, 2015

Women and the mathematical sciences should make an amicable pair in Africa

Author: Thierry Zomahoun I recently spoke to someone who told me that mathematics and science are gender blind. They do not see sex, gender, race, ability. It is simply numbers and equations and if one has the right aptitude, they can learn and apply it. If mathematics and science were indeed gender blind, why are […]

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March 1, 2015

Women and the mathematical sciences should make an amicable pair in Africa

AIMS CEO, Thierry Zomahoun writes about gender equity in STEM and how AIMS is bringing more women to the fore: Excerpt: ” What we need now is strong leadership to break through these gender equality challenges in an innovative and scalable way. As we look to the future, we need to recognise the strides we […]

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February 26, 2015

NEF Monthly Newsletters – February 2015

NEF Weekly Newsletter – 27 February 2015 – Science Meets Traditional Medicine Sent Thursday, February 26, 2015 Welcome to the weekly NEF Newsletter on Science Meets Traditional Medicine. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. NEF FACT OF THE WEEK Physicians per 1,000 people. Data includes generalist and specialist medical practitioners. Data is collected from […]

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