Deadline: June 25, 2021

Call for Papers are ongoing for the Somalia Gender Hub Conference for Female Researchers 2021. The Somalia Gender Hub (SGH) in partnership with the Mawazo Institute is organizing a 3-day knowledge exchange conference on Somali Women in higher education, research and in academia.

The upcoming virtual knowledge exchange conference will take place from Thursday, August 5 to 7, 2021 via Zoom. The conference will be a place for women to converse, connect, collaborate and commune in exchanging knowledge, resources and tools on the role of Somali women in academia, in higher education and in research. The Hub hereby cordially invites abstracts and papers to be submitted for presentation at the upcoming virtual knowledge exchange conference.


The 3-day conference aims to explore and take stock of the current “gender situation” in higher education leadership in Somalia. It aims to explore the unique situation of Somali women as well as explore perspectives, obstacles, best practices and opportunities in academia and in higher education. The conference also aims at building skills and providing tools and information directly applicable to Somali women aspiring to be leaders in research and in academia. The conference will consist of 4 interactive panels with breakout sessions. Expert speakers will tackle the topic of Somali women in research and academia from different angles.

The conference consists of the following panel sessions:

  • Panel 1: Policy, practice and the engendered: the political economy of research in Somalia
  • Panel 2: Women in research and knowledge production in Somalia
  • Panel 3: Women in higher education and academia, learning and teaching
  • Panel 4: Mentorship and support to female researchers and academics


Papers should address the questions “what is holding back the agency of women in academia? and what are the forces erasing or hampering women’s full participation in research?” by fleshing out a diverse terrain of thoughts and opinions, and identifying some of the most pressing concerns faced by women in academia and research, which includes issues such as the state of being invisible and becoming visible.

  • Policy, practice and the engendered: the political economy of research in Somalia.
  • Women in research and knowledge production in Somalia: challenges, gaps and opportunities.
  • Women in higher education and academia, learning and teaching.
  • Mentorship and support to female researchers and academic; challenges, gaps and opportunities.


  • This call for papers invites Somali scholars and practitioners with expertise in the subject matter to submit abstracts.


Submitted abstracts should relate to the conference themes and follow the guidelines below:

  • Abstracts should be written in Somali or English and be 250-300 words;
  • Interested authors should send a one-page bio and contact details;
  • Submissions should indicate the theme that the abstract falls under;
  • All papers will be reviewed, and accepted authors will be invited to present a paper;
  • Selected research papers will be notified and later published.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 25 June 2021. Kindly, send your abstracts to the Director, Sahra A. Koshin via [email protected]

For more information, visit Somalia Gender Hub.

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