UCEM to host upcoming hybrid workshop on gender equality in Jordan and Egypt

Posted on: 29 August, 2023

This workshop is part of three ongoing projects aimed at tackling gender inequality.

UCEM is proud to be hosting an upcoming hybrid workshop that will be taking place on Wednesday 6 September, both at our Horizons office in Reading and online.

Earlier this year, UCEM was awarded three externally funded research grants from the British Council. This funding will help support three projects led by Dr Muhammad Rana, Professor Angela Lee and Dr Wendy Finlay that will all support gender equality. For this workshop, the focus will be on exploring gender equality in Jordan and Egypt.

As Dr Muhammad Rana commented:

“Barriers for gender equality bring forth discrimination, including differential gender practices and actions. This includes, and is not limited to, social and economic abuse, whereby women have differing access to resources, thus creating limitation over choices.

“We firmly advocate that a diverse workforce is more productive and imaginative, and that embracing diversity will allow the flow of new ways of thinking and approaches to addressing sustainability challenges and to accelerate economic growth.”

Among the confirmed participants for this workshop are researchers from Universiti Utara Malaysia, Birmingham City University, University of West London, University of Salford – and of course our project partners from Philidelphia University, Hashemite University, and the British University of Egypt. Several researchers, tutors and staff from UCEM will also be in attendance. We are also running follow-up workshops in Jordan in October and Cairo, Egypt in November.

We would welcome your participation at this event. Please contact Sharon Youngson-Baines at s.youngson@ucem.ac.uk if you are interested in attending or feel free to share this invitation with your network.

The full agenda for the day’s events is as follows:

Time Activity  Led by
09:30 – 10:00 Tea and Coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome to UCEM Prof Angela Lee
10:15 – 10:30 Introduction to British Council research projects, and workshop aims Dr Muhammad Rana and Prof Angela Lee
10:30 – 11:15 Furthering Gender Equality in Jordanian Higher Education and Leadership via societal and structural changes (Lead-Jo): project findings so far Dr Ala’a Saleh Alshdiefat
11:15 – 12:00 Workshop session 1: UK gender equality barriers and drivers in Higher Education leadership Dr Ala’a Saleh Alshdiefat & Prof Angela Lee
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Levelling Up STEM! Towards gender equality in the pathways to Jordanian Higher Education and employability (UpJo): project findings so far Dr Ahlam Ammar Sharif
13:45 – 14:30 Workshop session 2: UK gender equality barriers and drivers of STEM career pathways Dr Ahlam Ammar Sharif & Prof Angela Lee
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 – 15:30 Workshop session 3: Gender, Education, and Career; Improving Transitions for Women from Higher Education to Employment in Egypt (Inclusiv Egypt): project findings so far Prof Shadia Fahim & Prof Muhammad Saad
15:30 – 16:15 Workshop session 3: UK gender equality barriers and drivers on transitions from Higher Education to employment Dr Muhammad Rana
16:15 – 16:30 Closing remarks Prof Angela Lee & Dr Muhammad Rana