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Breaking barriers: understanding obstacles facing women in STEM in the Global South

March 6, 2020
IDRC is pleased to announce the 11 research teams selected from the call for proposals "Breaking systemic barriers to women’s participation in science”.
Collage of scientists and researchers

The teams, selected by IDRC and a team of external reviewers from more than 180 proposals, will receive a total of CA$3.3 million over the next five years to conduct research across the Global South.

Five teams from Latin America will measure gender gaps in academia, green energy, and other technology sectors. In sub-Saharan Africa, five research teams will lead a variety of projects, including a study of the factors that shape the recruitment and advancement of women scientists across the private and public sector. One international team will research the feminization of an agricultural college in India.

According to UNESCO, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women. Research has already produced evidence of systemic barriers that prevent women scientists from advancing, but data and case studies are primarily drawn from high-income countries. These 11 research teams aim to increase our understanding of the unique obstacles facing women and other vulnerable groups in low and middle-income countries by generating evidence on how to improve gender equality and diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

See the call for proposals "Breaking systemic barriers to women’s participation in science”