Invitation to Symposium on Gender Social Norms: University of Cambridge - 29 May, 2024

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
184 Hills Road
United Kingdom
Wednesday, 29 May, 2024 - 11:00 to 15:30
Invitation to Symposium on Gender Social Norms: University of Cambridge - 29 May, 2024

We would like to warmly invite you to our upcoming event: Transformative Education: Shifting Gender Social Norms In and Through Education. This will be held on Wednesday 29 May from 11:00-15:30 at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (with the option to join online).

The event will highlight new research on interventions in education that have the potential to shift harmful gender social norms and catalyse wider systems transformation

You can register here:

An expert panel, bringing together researchers and government representatives, will explore the contribution of CAMFED’s Learner Guide model to improving outcomes for marginalised girls in Tanzania (Learner Guides are young women, often CAMFED education graduates, who mentor students in their communities). The panel will also discuss the prospects for scaling such an intervention in national school systems in Tanzania and across the region.

We are delighted to be joined by:

Opening Keynote on Global Education: 

  • Alicia Herbert OBE, Director of Education, Gender and Equality and the UK’s Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

Remarks by: 

  • Hon Julia Gillard AC, former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Other speakers include:

  • Dr Sempeho Siafu, Director of Academics, Tanzania Institute of Adult Education
  • Lawrence John Sanga, Assistant Director Policy & Planning, Policy and Planning Department, Research and Innovation Section, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Tanzania
  • Stephen Twigg , Secretary-General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and former MP
  • Lydia Wilbard, Executive Director: Learning & Engagement, CAMFED

This event is organised by the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), and the Institute of Gender Studies at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

You can read about the research here:

To what extent are CAMFED’s Learner Guides shifting gender social norms in Tanzania? OverviewNews article.

Ciampi, L., Mgonda, N., Mwaipopo, R., and Rose, P. 2024.

Scaling up a life skills and mentorship programme led by young women in sub-Saharan Africa: Regional overvie
Ciampi, L., Rose, P., Chimuka, L., Mgonda, N., and Maambo, O. 2023.

We very much hope you are able to join us for an exciting day!


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