Gendered Inequalities in Higher Education


From Ms Jane Umutoni, University of Rwanda (co-Investigator, EGHE Network and Gendered Journeys Project):

“Currently the University of Rwanda is in the process of renewing a 5 year funding partnership with SIDA whose key focus will be Training and Research.  [It was necessary that] all submitted proposals were gender sensitive.  Based on my experience as a member of EGHE, the gender issues were always discussed, I made sure we integrated some of the shared/common barriers that always emerged”. 

“As part of a team of trainers, I and colleagues continue to train primary and secondary school teachers and head teachers across the country [Rwanda].  Phase 2 of this activity will be from 27th Dec to 29th Dec 2018 (100 trainees).  The training aims to train the educators to be more gender responsive.  The material used were developed by staff of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Rwanda at the request of the UNICEF and Ministry of Education, Rwanda.  While developing the Gender Responsive Teacher Training Pack and a Teachers’ Resource Guide, I was inspired by the knowledge I gained during the Zambia Conference on Girls’ Education in that we attended as EGHE members in August 2017.  Most of my contributions were mainly borrowed from the FAWE GRP Model, that of the Malawi Institute of Education as well as from many other presenters during the FAWE Conference.  And I can assure you I contributed a lot to our very own GRP training kit”. 

“I continue to be an active member of FEMENG Rwanda [a group established by and for female engineering students at the University of Rwanda, partnering with a similar group at the University of Glasgow] , thanks to EGHE Network that made me see Gender and STEM issues more clearly.  I was actually awarded a certificate by the Vice Chancellor for supporting FEMENG 2018.  Next year, I will be fully engaged in all their activities, they do a good job of empowering and encouraging younger female students to take up STEM subjects at the higher education level”.