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Don lists challenges facing African female researchers

A university teacher, Dr. Mobolaji Omemu, has identified cultural norms, family demands, and gender inequality as some of the challenges hindering African female researchers from making career progression.

Omemu, who is the acting Head, Department of Hospitality and Tourism, College of Food Science and Human Ecology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, listed others as lack of role models, organisational support, age barrier as well as lack of leadership skills.

The don spoke while delivering a lecture entitled, “Blocking the leaky pipeline: Career advancement strategies for young women in science” during an African Women in Agricultural Research and Development event at the university.

Noting that there was increase in the number of women that enrolled for agriculture and other related courses, Omemu regretted that researchers among them did not attain the height of their careers.

The don, who called for greater commitment from female researchers, urged them to choose always mentees they would encourage to move up the career ladder without difficulty.

The Chairperson, Admissions Committee of the university, Prof. Yemisi Eromosele, who also spoke on the occasion, challenged younger female researchers to always plan.

According to her, because of their domestic responsibilities, they should endeavour to be ahead of their counterparts.

The FUNNAB Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, said women who had reached the peak of their careers deserved to be celebrated.

The VC added that he looked forward to seeing women occupy 40 per cent of leadership positions in the university system.

He encouraged them to work towards creating a greater future for themselves, irrespective of the career hurdles on their way.

SOURCE – Punch Nigeria

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