Women Empowering Women (WEW)

Advancing Women in Leadership, Harnessing the Power Within


HERS-EA provides intensive residential leadership and management development training focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.

There was a high interest among women in HEIs in East Africa to launch this initiative based on the attendance at the preliminary meetings held on October 14, 2012 and October 15, 2012. Additionally,
HERS-SA had already trained 26 Alumni in East Africa most of whom were in top management and leadership positions. For instance, two of these alums held the positions of Vice Chancellor (Busitema
University) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Makerere University) at two of Uganda’s public universities. Some held positions of College Deans or Principals. These alums played a significant role in supporting


Why Higher Education?

‘No other environment can match the energy of a place like Higher Education, where leaders in their
fields create ideas and transmit them to the best young minds in the world.’ – Condoleezza Rice, Former
US Secretary of State.

According to The Organization for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD, (Sept 2012) Round Table review on the impact of Higher Education across six continents, concluded that the most progressive regions are those that had embraced and collaborated with expertise from diverse fields in HEIs.

HERS-EA was mindful of the acute shortage of women in HEIs in EA and set out to intentionally support and prepare women leaders to steer HEIs in East Africa so that they (HEIs) could create developmental ideas needed for 21st Century development. HEIs need to be dynamic in their utilization of the available resources to create the maximum possible effect on their threshold communities. ‘Women cannot only further their own cause and those of all minorities, but also help to shape the educational system of the 21st Century’. Amy Lezberg (R.I.P.). The women of EA have the ability and drive to play their part, through leadership at HEIs and HERS-EA pledged to be the
vehicle for this cause.

Our Goal

To contribute to raising the proportion of
women in leadership and managerial positions
in HEIs to at least 50%.

Our Vision

To achieve equitable representation and visibility of women leaders in Higher Education Institutions.

Our Story

HERS-EA is an educational non-profit organization launched in August 2014, and currently housed at Makerere
University. HERS-EA provides leadership and management
training for women in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with a current focus on the following seven countries: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

HERS-EA is an affiliated organization of HERS, (Higher Education Resource Services) based in Denver, Colorado, USA which provides leadership and management development training for women in higher education administration.