2019 Space in Africa Essay Competition

Deadline: March 2, 2019.

It’s no mystery that women are underrepresented in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors around the world. A UNESCO report reveals that women enrollment in STEM studies is low, ranging from  ICT (3%); natural sciences, mathematics and statistics (5%); as well as engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%). But what about when it comes to space career?

Globally, the gender gap in space exploration is far below the 35% average for all STEM fields. According to a Big Think infographic on Women in Space, since 1961 almost 550 people have been to space, but less than 11% have been women. The situation is not different in Africa.

Africa is witnessing a growing interest in the space sector, however, there is no indication of growth in the number of women who are joining their male counterparts in the space industry. The gender gap is a concern for the few women who are active players in the industry.







The essay will be assessed based on the following:

  1. Originality
  2. Innovation and Creativity
  3. Feasibility and relevance
  4. Scalability
  5. Clarity in writing and presentation
  6. Impact on development and Potential impact on jobs.




1. The essay should be written in English.

2. The submission shall include the original essay in PDF, Doc or Docx format and a head-shot photo of the author. Note: Previously published essays, either shared online or offline, are not eligible for consideration.

3. The judges will consider only entries submitted via the essay submission form.




Essay Competition


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