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OWSD National Chapter established in Malawi

November 18, 2020

OWSD National Chapters continue to proliferate around the world, as Malawi becomes the 6th National Chapter to launch in 2020, and the 35th overall. The new Malawi National Chapter was established in November 2020 and will be hosted at the National Commission of Science and Technology in Lilongwe.

"Malawian women scientists need a base from which they can interact, think creatively, exchange ideas, foster formal mentoring relationships, and facilitate exchange of scientific skills, technical and leadership training to advance in their careers in STEM," said the National Chapter's Executive Committee. "Hence the need for the Malawi National Chapter of OWSD, which will bring together women from different scientific disciplines, empower girls and young women scientists in STEM, encourage ground-breaking research in different fields of science, and influence policy change for development." 

The first Executive Committee of the National Chapter is formed by:

Chair: Elizabeth Bandason, Lilongwe University  of Agriculture (LUANAR), Bunda College
Vice-Chair: Edith Milanzi, University College London
Other Executive Committee members:
Everess Chilewe, Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation, Malawi


Among the National Chapter's planned activities are establishing a mentoring programme for women and girls in STEM, organizing science fairs to showcase scientific and technological advances, organizing conferences, training, seminars and workshops for women in science, and providing education to girls and young women on issues to do with nutrition, communicable and non-communicable diseases that affect women, as well as on gender-based violence. 

At the time of establishment, OWSD had 39 members in Malawi. Women scientists in Malawi who are not already members of OWSD can become members here. Members who are interested in joining the National Chapter are invited to write to Edith Milanzi at milanziedith [at]

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