Our Mission

African Women’s Research Observatory (AfWORO) is registered as a not-for-profit association in Barcelona (Spain). AfWORO was created in July 2017 by a team of researchers, trainers, activists, health workers, and humanitarian aid experts that shared the interest and motivation to support the work of young African female scientists and research professionals.

The mission of AfWORO is to contribute to the improvement of the physical, emotional, sexual, and social health and wellbeing of women and sexual minorities from low- and middle-income countries. We aim to accomplish this mission by means of providing scientific, financial and technical mentoring for the promotion, funding, capacity building, conduct and dissemination of health, social and gender research in collaboration with emergent African young African female scientists and research professionals.

With a focus in training-through-research, AfWORO is committed to provide a platform to coach, mentor and guide any young African woman with an opportune and pertinent research question that, if answered, could help African countries progress towards an improved and a more sustainable human and social development.

AfWORO welcomes scientists and research professionals from any discipline. We offer Historians, Physicians, Epidemiologists, Nurses, Anthropologists the opportunity to have their projects supported by us, as long as they share our passion for science.

At institutional level, AfWORO lends support to academic, humanitarian, and civil society organisations engaging in any research, project management, training and education initiatives that aim to advance towards the empowerment of women and sexual minorities in low-resource settings. Our Team has extensive field technical, scientific and managerial expertise in the following disciplines, among others: sexual and reproductive health; harmful traditional gendered practices; health needs of vulnerable key populations; and women’s and girls’ human rights.

Our umbrella of activities includes: grant proposal writing; training-through-research; eLearning and mLearning; quality Assurance; scientific writing and communication; knowledge management; and continued scientific mentoring. Such activities are undertaken in cooperation with established colleagues from various African academic, humanitarian, and civil society organisations that we support. It is thanks to the altruistic aid lent by our peers, and to the financial contributions of the AfWORO members that we are able to sponsor and mentor rising young African women, with the hope of witnessing their dream of becoming a senior scientist true!