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Women, Climate Change and Agriculture: A Dialogue with Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

June 06, 2019

Thursday, June 6
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Room 420, 580 W. Hastings St

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What is shifting for women working on climate change and in agriculture? What opportunities exist to foster international partnerships among women scientists, policy makers, educators and practitioners?

Join Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg and SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on Thursday, June 6th, from 10:00am - 12:00pm for an intimate dialogue to discuss what women need to be effective in the space of climate change and agriculture. Here, we will explore the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), One Planet Initiative and discuss what support women scientists working in Africa need. This dialogue will be facilitated by the Executive Director of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Shauna Sylvester.

About the Speaker

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). AWARD manages the One Planet Fellowship, a climate change initiative sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and BNP Paribas Foundation and which enjoys the official patronage of the President of France.

Prior to joining AWARD, Wanjiru was Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada, an award-winning leadership incubator that invests in high-achieving young women from under-resourced families driving change in their communities. Wanjiru also served as an assistant professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco. Her academic research and teaching interests centered on African politics, gender, international relations, ethnicity, democratization, and the role of technology in social activism.

Born in Kenya, Wanjiru holds a PhD and a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Politics BA from Whitman College, Washington, U.S.A.


The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance), and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops.Bike stalls are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street). Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor (take the hallway to the right).All floors within the building are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators.

Land Aknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.