In celebrating women and their achievements in fields of research, UCT hosted a virtual Women’s Day event, For Womxn by Womxn, on 13 August, affording a platform for researchers who received scholarships launched by Vice Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng in 2018 for the advancement of women to give feedback about the progression of their projects. In this video, Professor Janet Hapgood, a recipient of this grant, discusses her research on ‘Informed choices for women’s contraception’, while her students give details of their research and share about how they have been empowered through this initiative.
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Two years after UCT Vice Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng launched the For Womxn by Womxn scholarships for the advancement of women in academia, the three grant recipients, Dr Katye Altieri, Professor Floretta Boonzaier and Professor Janet Hapgood delivered brief updates on the status of their research projects. Speaking at the UCT Women’s Day virtual event, For Womxn by Womxn, the three researchers updated the UCT community on their research on oceanography, gendered and sexual violence, and contraception and HIV risks for women in Subs-Saharan Africa.
UCT News has used the opportunity of Women’s Month to focus on women in technology. Here we feature interviews with some of the University of Cape Town’s brightest innovators who are using tech to advance our understanding of the world, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and build resilient communities in the face of other health, social and economic challenges.
The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university. Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university’s work. This year, three of the four recipients are women.