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Pioneer cohort of BioInnovate Africa fellows launched

Front Row (Left to Right) – Zainah Nampijja (Uganda), Sharon Ochieng (Kenya), Rosine Ahishakiye (Burundi), Jenipher Odak (Kenya), Mehader Getachew Desta (Ethiopia) Back Row (Left to Right) – Dorothy Murugu (Kenya), Alice Turinawe (Uganda), Sayuni Nasari (Tanzania), Genet Tsegaye (Ethiopia), Nadege Mugisha(Burundi), Gloria Kuhumba(Tanzania), Diana Asero (Uganda)

Pioneer cohort of BioInnovate Africa fellows launched

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BioInnovate Africa is excited to welcome our pioneer cohort of female fellows.

As part of the gender responsive strategy, BioInnovate Africa has launched its first Fellowship for Women Scientists during the Gender Integration workshop in Addis Ababa.  This fellowship program aims at increasing the participation of African women in bio-entrepreneurship and bio-innovation projects in eastern Africa.

Twelve female fellows from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi were selected through a competitive process to participate in the fellowship outside their home country for a period of four months.  The fellows will each spend four months in selected BioInnovate Africa projects across eastern Africa that will provide resources, networks, and experiences necessary to advance the Fellows’ skills, innovation capacity and overall career progression.

“Women represent close to fifty percent of the world population. By enhancing women’s productive capabilities, institutes and communities stand to benefit. I congratulate the first cohort of fellows and believe that they will be inspired as they work in the various innovation projects in eastern Africa”, noted Shumete Gizaw (PhD), State Minister for Science and Technology, Federal Republic of Ethiopia when he officially launched the fellowship.