Building capacities in gender mainstreaming for ethics committee members from Senegal to West Africa

BCA-WA-ETHICS was launched in August 2019 and is funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) under grant number CSA2018ERC-2314. This capacity-building action is a cooperation between the University of Zaragoza in Spain, the Senegalese Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF), and the Senegalese National Ethics Committee (CNERS) based at the Ministry of Health and Social Action.

BCA-WA-ETHICS aims to improve the capacities and skills of scientists members of West African National Research Ethics Committees to mainstream a gender perspective in their institutions' research evaluation and inspection mandate. To achieve this main aim, BCA-WA-ETHICS will capacitate and empower the Senegalese CNERS. 

The mission of BCA-WA-ETHICS is to make the Senegalese CNERS an agent of change in the application of gendered perspectives in social and health research in West Africa. By incorporating gender mainstreaming in its governance and its review and inspection processes, the CNERS can take the lead as a National Ethics Committee pursuing gender equality and promoting means of achieving it across West Africa.

Coordinator: Dr. Guillermo Z. Martínez-Pérez

Duration: August 2019 - July 2021

Funder: European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

African Women Scientists & SDGs

One of the key activities of BCA-WA-ETHICS is to promote and make visible the contribution of the African women scientists to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and to the advancement towards an epidemic-free and discrimination-free World.

Nicole NKOUM (Cameroon)

Esther DEGUENON (Benin)

Espérance ZOSSOU (Benin)

Gloria MASON (Liberia)

Hermione KOUSSIHOUEDE (Benin)

Work Packages

Work Package 1: Training

The first work package (WP1) is coordinated by the University of Zaragoza in collaboration with the Gender Division of the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action. The objectives of WP1 are to explore and understand and gender issues in relation to health research in Senegal and West Africa, train Senegalese health scientists and ethicists in gender mainstreaming approaches in research site and protocol evaluation, and to train Senegalese health researchers in the design and implementation of gender equality plans in research on an individual and institutional level.


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