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Converging Horizons Between Canada and West Africa

Connecting Research, Communities and Ideas to Achieve Gender Equality

Date & time
Thursday, May 2, 2024
9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


How can you participate? Join us in person by registering here or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

Join us as early career researchers from across Canada and West Africa gather to discuss and present their research as part of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars-West Africa (QES-WA) program.

The scholars’ research focuses on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality, explored through the following areas: climate resilience and sustainable food systems; education and innovation systems; ethics in development research; health equity; inclusive governance; and sustainable inclusive growth.

The morning will consist of panel discussions featuring the scholars, followed by an opportunity for visitors to network with and listen to the scholars present their research.

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9:30am - 9:45am Opening Remarks: Concordia University and Universities Canada
9:45am - 10:10am

Keynote Speech by Dr. Charlotte Wrigly Asante

Previously director of Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) and the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), and presently associate professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana.

10:30am - 11:30am

Panel: Contextualizing North American and West African approaches to gender and feminisms,

and next steps for future development and collaboration.

with Dr. Ocean Maite Jasor, Sarah Cooper, Dr. Marija Djekic-Ivankovic, and Dr. Phyllis Addo

11:30am - 11:45am Break
11:45am - 12:45pm

Panel: Engaging efficiently with community and audiences in a changing world: adapting knowledge mobilization practices to changing socio-political and technological contexts.

with Dr. Melanie N. Katsivo, Jane Ezirigwe, Dr. Mohamed Baobaid, and Elvire Assogba

12:45pm - 1:00pm Closing Remarks: Virginie Allard-Cameus, general director of Université de Montréal International.
1:00pm - 2:45pm

Networking and Queen Elizabeth Scholars discuss research: 

Cecilia Avorkliyah – University of Ghana

Elvire Assogba - University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Jane Ezirigwe - Nigerian Institute of Advances Legal Studies (NIALS) 

Melina Houndolo - University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Parvine Bisimwa - Université Evangelique en Afrique, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Akakpo Komi Amenyon – University of Lomé, Togo

Mercy Apuswin Abarike – University of Development Studies, Ghana

Amanda Odoi – University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Abena Kyere – University of Ghana

Cyrelene Amoah-Boampong – University of Ghana

Ellen Abakah – University of Ghana

Dr. Joyce Anku – University of Ghana

Patience Gyamenah Okyere Asante – University of Ghana

Mona Ghadirian – McGill University

Dr. Marija Djekic-Ivankovic – McGill University

Aishat Abdu – University of Ghana

3:00pm Space Closes

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