International Women’s Day – celebrating initiatives around the world to end gender inequality

IMG_3378According to a recent study by the British Council, gender equality still exists worldwide. To be honest this is something that most people notice – if paying attention with a critical eye – as we walk through life every single day.

Gender inequality exists worldwide, as summarised in the British Council report:

  • In politics, where only 23% of members of parliament are women;
  • In work, where 50% of women compared to 75% of men are in formal work;
  • In pay, where on average women earn 24% less than men;
  • In entrepreneurship, where there are only 10 countries where as many women as men start their own businesses; and
  • In society, where 1 in 3 women experience sex or gender based violence.

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Meet a scholar: Daniel Torach, Uganda

IMG_20160101_073654 “In my country you have to be a job creator and not a job seeker”

My name is Daniel Torach. I am a male Ugandan aged 22 years. I live in a small town called Kyebando, which is a suburb of Kampala. I come from a family of three children and I am the eldest. I am pursuing a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Installation at an institution in Kampala called YMCA Comprehensive institute.

I have always had a dream of being an electrical engineer because I am so passionate when it comes to electricity. I finally got the chance to pursue studies in electricity thanks to the scholarship, as it gave me a start. Watipa kickstarted my lost hopes into a living testimony – my high hopes of being an electrical engineer started to become a reality. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Daniel Torach, Uganda”

Driving Gender Equality in Africa Through Education, Technology & Enterprise

Driving Gender Equality in Africa

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL: Driving Gender Equality in Africa Through Education, Technology & Enterprise
When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Murray Edwards College – Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, University of Cambridge, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0DF, UK

The event is free. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Registration takes less than a minute – and spaces are limited. Don’t miss out!


Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN) and Watipa with support from Cambridge Social Ventures would like to invite you to join us in Cambridge for an evening of expert discussion, new ideas and networking.

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Meet a scholar: Leonard Chakanga, Malawi

LEONARD F CHAKANGA..I am Leonard F Chakanga a boy aged 23 Malawian by nationality. I t is much pleasure that I was considered one of the beneficiaries of Watipa Scholarship.

Honestly, before the scholarship [was announced], I have had problems concentrating on my studies as the fear of being chased out of school due to financial reasons always lingered in my mind. I had the fear of withdrawing as the school always insisted on fees paying.  No fees, No registration. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Leonard Chakanga, Malawi”

The gift of – and the right to – education

Education is a human right; it should not be a privilege. Young people can be the change they want to see in the world. It’s just that in many developing countries, young leaders do not always have the means to continue with their education and reach their full potential.

Today, Watipa joins thousands of others around the world in the celebration of Human Rights, as we stand strong in our commitment to making education more accessible to young leaders in developing countries.

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Meet a Vet: Pemphero Kachule from Malawi, Watipa scholar 2016

Pemphero Kachule from Malawi is completing a 4-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Like some of our other Watipa scholars, he was negatively affected by staff striking at his university earlier this year but nevertheless has been getting on with his studies and doing lots of community work. In this blog, Pemphero explains his study into rural smallholder farmers, how they generate funds for their children’s education and his work to help them raise their income… Continue reading “Meet a Vet: Pemphero Kachule from Malawi, Watipa scholar 2016”

The future will be bright

The Watipa scholarship review committee is reading through hundreds of applications at the moment, as we shortlist for the new scholarships that we will be awarding in just a few weeks…. it is an exciting, daunting, hopeful and very busy time for Watipa.

I have just read in one of the applications that “the future will be bright.” Based on the applications we have received, I am certain that it will.  Continue reading “The future will be bright”

Meet a scholar: Naomi Nyasulu, Malawi

“In 2018, I plan to go further with the knowledge gained in my studies to identify problems that fish farmers face here and the possible solutions.”

Two years into her BSC in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, Naomi is proud both of her academic success – passing all modules – and the community work she done with the Malawi Department of Fisheries to help farmers construct ponds, learn about and “be successful in fish farming”. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Naomi Nyasulu, Malawi”

Meet a scholar: Prudence Chavula, Malawi

“This is just the beginning – I won’t rest until my community is fully developed in terms of education, health and empowerment.”

Prudence has recently started her second year of study in Public Administration at the University of Malawi, with the current semester focussing on different strands of psychology, “very important for a person who is into community work”.

That is something of an understatement – over the past year Prudence has shown her dedication to her community in many different ways including; training over 1500 women and girls to make reusable sanitary pads, fundraising for 40 school uniforms and 450 shoes, mentoring girls in 6 local secondary schools and supporting 20 girls back to school who had dropped out due to poverty or early marriage.

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Meet a scholar: Kyendikuwa Francis, Uganda

“Being a Watipa scholar has helped me to extend my academic levels, I am persistent and personally determined to achieve my goals.”

Kyendikuwa is studying and working towards a future society that is job creating not job seeking. You can watch a short film he made for the Watipa film competition earlier this year on YouTube.

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