Why OWSD membership is important
Never before have we been able to organise ourselves as women in science and research in the developing world in this manner. OWSD and its membership allows cross-collaboration, access to knowledge and information on opportunities, and that encourages the consolidation of camaraderie around gender equality and equity in science for society.
What inspires meDorothy Ngila
The many women and men who have come before me, and who have fought so many battles that have allowed us to move many steps forward towards gender equality and equity in science. And today, the many women, especially, who hold positions of power and influence, and who choose to use those platforms to amplify conversations and actions to promote the status and equality of women in research. They are those who serve in strategic management position at institutions of higher education, and those who drive/ have influence on policy direction (in inter alia government, funding agencies, academies of science, science councils and science policy think tanks).
Dorothy Ngila advances her career at South Africa’s National Research Foundation. She coordinates the NRF’s contribution to the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World South African National Chapter; and the Gender Working Group of the Global Research Council. With an Afropolitan background (Kenya, Botswana and South Africa), Ms Ngila possesses MSocSci (Geography and Environmental Management, University of KwaZulu-Natal) and BA (Public Administration and Environmental Sciences, University of Botswana) degrees. She is currently studying towards a PhD in Science and Technology Studies.