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SN 2 EP 5 : The Journey of Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education with Prof. Flora Fabian-Mbatia

Gain valuable perspectives on mentorship, gender equity, and the power of collaborative initiatives like the INASP Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit with Prof. Flora Fabian-Mbatia.

Published onFeb 16, 2024
SN 2 EP 5 : The Journey of Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education with Prof. Flora Fabian-Mbatia

Mazungumzo- African Scholarly Conversations SN 2 EP 5 | Spotify, Afripods, Apple Podcasts

Mentorship is the cornerstone of academic growth. It's about more than just sharing knowledge; it's about fostering a community of support and empowerment, where each mentorship journey becomes a source of inspiration for others

This episode features Professor Flora Fabian-Mbatia, the founding Vice Chancellor of Mwanza University in Tanzania and a passionate advocate for gender mainstreaming in academia. Prof. Fabian shares her journey and the transformative impact of her initiatives on gender equity within higher education institutions.

One of the notable successes highlighted in the podcast is the INASP Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit, motivated by the imperative to address gender disparities and create inclusive academic environments. This initiative, backed by INASP, a key player in supporting research and knowledge systems in the Global South, has empowered institutions to integrate gender equity into their policies and practices. The toolkit provides practical guidance for raising awareness of gender issues, promoting gender-responsive pedagogies, and facilitating greater representation of women in leadership positions within academia. This collaborative approach with INASP, has enabled institutions across the region to benefit from shared knowledge and best practices, accelerating progress towards gender equity in academia.

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Guest Profile

Prof. Flora Fabian


Prof. Flora Fabian in her office

Professor Flora Fabian is the founding Vice Chancellor of Mwanza University in Tanzania, and a professor in anatomy and biomedical sciences. She has previously held positions at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and the University of Dodoma. She has a special interest in gender mainstreaming and gender-responsive pedagogy. On this note, Prof. Fabian has collaborated closely with INASP on initiatives such as the Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) and Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA) projects.

In these projects, conducted during her leadership at Dodoma, she played a key role in delivering gender mainstreaming and training of trainer workshops. As a result she is a co-author of the INASP Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education Toolkit.

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