EMPOWER Fellow Maria Zinga and Her Journey from Tanzania to South Africa
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EMPOWER Fellowship was jointly launched by United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), with funding support from the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment of the UAE. The fellowship was designed to support capacity development of young women scientists from developing countries, with priorities given the nationals of the LDCs.
Five young women scientists from Bangladesh, Colombia, DR Congo, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe were selected as the pilot cohort. They were hosted at ICGEB Labs in India and South Africa in 2022, and received trainings to apply the latest techniques and methodologies to their research topics. A documentary series have been developed to document the 6-month life changing experiences of the women fellows, and be premiered at the LDC5 Conference in commemoration for the International Women's Day on 8 March 2023.