CoCIS in collaboration with the University of Cape Town (UCT) received a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in respect of a project titled, “Pathways to Change: Towards Gender Justice in STEM Research in Africa (GeJuSTA). The project tackles two interconnected yet separate challenges: a) the underrepresentation of women in STEM research and b) the lack of gender analysis in STEM research. We pay particular focus to the fields of Information Technology (IT), Data Science (DS), Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). The Principal Investigator is Professor Ulrike Rivett at UCT. The Co-PI is Ms. Fiona Ssozi at Makerere University.  The project will both gather and systematise data on the size and causes of such imbalances. Through the project governance, we demonstrate the key role that women play. The project unites three internationally leading centres of excellence in IT and ICT4D (UCT, Makerere and Sheffield) as well as two emerging Data Science Hubs (Dedan Kimathi and Sheffield). GeJuSTA will  build and deepen linkages between these centres of excellence and the women (and male allies) who research and study there.

The Co-PI is Dr. Fiona Ssozi at Makerere University.