01 Mar, 2022

Women in Leadership in Higher Education: Global and Regional Perspectives

A global conversation on women in leadership in education to commemorate International Women's Day 2022


Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA), European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) and the International Association of Universities (IAU) came together for International Women Day 2022 to launch a global conversation on women in leadership in education, with a special focus on Europe and Africa. The focus of this initial conversation was gender-sensitive institutional structures and policies.

Theme: Gender sensitive institutional structures and policies. Using Evidence and data to #BreakTheBias

During the webinar, evidence and data from research were shared, including findings from the ESSA The State of Women Leading Report, the European She figures 2021 - Statistics on Gender in Research and Innovation by EWORA and information from the IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED).

University leaders and organisations from Europe and Africa presented gender equality issues in higher education and research. This webinar set the scene for a panel discussion on gender-sensitive institutional structures and policies to support female leadership development in education.

Outline of the Webinar

Welcome and introduction by ESSA, EWORA and IAU

Setting the scene:

  • Pam Fredman, IAU President

  • Carmen Fenol, Vice President EWORA

  • Jennifer Udeh, Head of Programmes and Partnerships, ESSA

Panel discussion


  • Mwenda Ntarangwi, CEO, Commission for University Education, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Inga Žalėnienė, Rector, Mykolas Romeris University

  • Folabit Lena Novel, Global Student Forum Steering Committee Member

  • Mary Okwakol – Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education, Uganda and a Founding Member, Forum for Women Vice Chancellors in Africa (FAWoVC)

  • Pam Fredman, IAU President and former Rector GU, Sweden

A Q&A session

Watch webinar recording



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