To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, NORRAG and the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) hosted a webinar entitled, “Women in higher education: has the female advantage put an end to gender inequalities?”
The event was streamed via Zoom on 8 March at 9:00h Caracas | 14:00h Paris & Geneva | 17:00h Nairobi | 19:30h Mumbai | 22:00h Tokyo | in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.
Following welcoming remarks by Stefania Giannini (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education) and Moira Faul (NORRAG Executive Director), Daniele Vieira (Research Coordinator and Policy Analyst) presented and officially launched UNESCO-IESALC’s comparative report on the female advantage in higher education and the persistence of gender-based inequalities.
Afterward, scholars and practitioners from all over the world held a dialogue concerning the findings of the report and the current status of women’s participation in their regions of expertise. Panelists included: Woohyang Chloe Sim, Researcher, Waseda University Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences (Regional expertise: Gulf States); Rekha Pappu, Associate Professor, Azim Premji School of Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Regional expertise: South Asia); Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of the Multi-Sectoral Office in Nairobi for East Africa (TBC), and José Antonio Quinteiro, Programs Coordinator at UNESCO IESALC (Latin America and the Caribbean).
Panelists addressed the following questions:
- What is the current status of the participation of women in higher education (as students, faculty or managers) in your region and where do gender-based inequalities persist?
- What policies, either at national or institutional level, seem to work in your region?
- What prospects do you see for the future in your region, particularly looking at the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda?
After these eye-opening presentations, panelists responded to questions from the audience. The director of the UNESCO-IESALC, Francesc Pedró, brought the meeting to conclusions.
View the full programme below and find additional information on the UNESCO-IESALC website.
|14:00h – 14:10h||Welcome remarks by Francesc Pedró / UNESCO IESALC Director / Stefania Giannini, UNESCO ADG / Moira Faul, NORRAG Executive Director|
|14:10h – 14:15h||Presentation of the agenda, participation rules for panelists|
|14:15h – 14:30h||Launching of the report Women in higher education: has the female advantage put an end to gender inequalities?, by Daniele Vieira, research coordinator|
|14:30h-15:30h||Open dialogue by Woohyang Chloe Sim, Researcher, Waseda University Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences (Regional expertise: Gulf States); Rekha Pappu Associate Professor, Azim Premji School of Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Regional expertise: South Asia); Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta (TBC), Director of the Multi-Sectoral Office in Nairobi for East Africa; and José Antonio Quinteiro, IESALC Programs Coordinator (Latin America and the Caribbean)|
|15:30h – 15:40h||Questions from the audience|
|15:40h – 15:45h||Conclusions Francesc Pedró|
|15:45h – 15:50h||Closure and final portrait|