SEEK A MENTOR'S ADVICE! ALLOW EXPERIENCE TO SPEAK!

The situation for women working in STEM fields has begun to improve over the past years. Yet women still struggle with evident or unconscious bias, old-fashioned traditions, and segregation in in- and formal networks. Women in these fields are not as well paid, are promoted less often, obtain fewer research grants and are not as likely to continue working in scientific research as their male counterparts who are equally qualified. So what can we women do in order to change the status quo? Ghada Bassionoi continues to explore the role of women in science in her latest post. 

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TO BE TRAPPED IN YOUR OWN THOUGHTS AND BELIEFS – IT’S TIME FOR A WALL TO FALL!

Studies propose that women tend to display lower self-confidence than men across almost all achievement situations. Literature indicates that although low self-confidence is indeed a common and theoretically weakening problem among women, they are not lower in self-confidence than men in all accomplishments. Instead, it is debated that the level of self-confidence depends on many situational variables. Ghada Bassioni writes about how this gap can be closed. 

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LOU KOBOJIS HEALTH STARTUP IN SOUTH SUDAN – RESTART AFTER CATASTROPHE

At the beginning of 2016, the science magazine WUNDERDING wrote about Lou Koboji and his health start-up in South Sudan for the first time. Lou had built a training institute for nurses and health workers called the Kajo Keji Health Training Institute. Back then, the situation in Kajo Keji was stable and safe, as shown in a follow-up report in autumn that year. However, in September 2016 the violence raging in South Sudan also reached the institute. Armed men attacked the institute and killed two of the students. With a heavy heart, Lou decided to leave everything behind and to relocate to Uganda, as he is not able to continue his work in South Sudan in such an unstable and potentially dangerous environment. Now, he has started afresh in Uganda with a crowdfunding campaign so that his students can complete their medical training at the new institute in Uganda. 

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