Women In Higher Education Initiative

PROWIBO co-founder Tessy de Nassau launched the Women in Higher Education Initiative at PROWIBO’s Women’s Breakfast in September 2018.

The objectives of the Women In Higher Education Initiatives are:

  • establishing new partnerships with women universities in developing countries
  • maintaining a commitment to promoting educational opportunities exclusively for women
  • improving the recruitment of women in institutions of higher education
  • developing strategies to improve the retention of women pursuing degrees in Higher education

Women-Only School Programs

To date, PROWIBO operates three women-only summer school programs at the Karamat Husain Muslim Girls P.G. College and Avadh Girls’ P.G College in Lucknow, India and at the African Rural University in Kagadi, Uganda. Through these women-only programs, PROWIBO aims to utilise our summer school model to empower young women around the world through education.


Passing the Baton in Pursuit of Gender Equality

PROWIBO in collaboration with The 50/50 Group ran a workshop Passing the Baton in Pursuit of Gender Equality in July 2018 in Sierra Leone. The workshop was led by Sabrina White, an Economic and Social Research Council-Funded 1+3 PhD. This workshop explored the many different conceptions of feminism and constructed a dialogue for how to constructively speak about and pursue gender equality in Sierra Leone.

Sanatakada Workshop Series 

Since 2018 PROWIBO has collaborated with the Sabhavana Trust to host a workshop series at the Sanatakada Craft Shop in Lucknow, India. Through the workshop series aims to help local women working in three areas:  video and film production, various community work with families living in marginalised communities aiming to empower the girl child, and the Sanatkada craft shop. Through the Sanatkada series, PROWIBO professors have led hand-on seminars in how to create a business plan using Canvas, how to develop effective fundraising strategies and how to increase an organization’s visibility.


The 2019 Prowibo conference on Women, Development and Higher Education, in partnership with Srinakarinwirot University and LSEIdeas, was held on July 2, 2019 in Bangkok. It brought together stakeholders from education, NGOs, businesses and policymakers to address the difficult questions of reaching gender parity and the role that higher education has to play in this process.

This was followed by the online conference on Improving Women’s Retention in Higher Education on 27 March 2021. Participants from Africa, Asia, Europe and America explored solutions for improving female student retention and female faculty retention in institutions of higher education around the world.


University Retention and Recruitment of Women in Developing Countries

This report by Njomeza Blakcori presents an overview of the social, economic, environmental and institutional barriers that affect student retention and recruitment in the Global South. The purpose of this document is to present
information on recent trends and to demonstrate potential strategies to improve the institutional capacities of universities to effectively recruit and retain students.