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College of Development Studies Runs Workshop on Gender Sensitive Research and Educational Competencies for Higher Education Institutions

The College of Development Studies held a workshop dedicated to “Strengthening Research and Educational Competences of HEIs for Gender sensitive, Informal settlements’ Transformation” (GIRT) for gender sensitive urban informal settlement transformation today at Azzeman Hotel here in the Capital.

Dr Tania Berger, a research fellow with Danube University in Krems, Austria, and GERT project coordinator said the project is funded under the EPA program of the Austrian Ministry of Science, adding GERT aims at engaging in a transdisciplinary process in four selected informal settlements or slums in the four partner regions, three of them in Ethiopia, one in Mozambique, to engage specifically with women and try to see whether GERT can jointly find viable solutions for some of their many difficult problems in their daily lives.

Dr Berger mentioned that the workshop on “Strengthening Research and Educational Competences of HEIs for Gender sensitive, Informal settlements’ Transformation” (GIRT) focuses on how the Covid19 pandemic is affecting women in Ethiopia and Mozambique as well as their everyday experiences living in informal settlements.

It was revealed on the occasion that the GIRT project partners from Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Austria have already collaborated on informality in housing and carried out crucial research that allows them to currently investigate workable solutions for urgent everyday difficulties in specific informal settlements.

Project leaders further said GIRT aims to conduct qualitative, in-depth research following selected scientific approaches such as housing pathways and feminist standpoint theory to identify not just problems but also coping strategies and potentials for change in regard to women in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar and Mekelle in Ethiopia, and Nampula in Mozambique.