The Harambee Prize for the Promotion and Equality of African Women, promoted by the Harambee Committee of Spain, has been awarded this year to Duni Sawadogo, creator of the project: “Women and Science” for the promotion of women scientists.
The award is also given to her for her commitment against the trafficking of fake drugs that fundamentally harm the most vulnerable, such as women and the poorest children. The Award will be presented next March 4 in Madrid.
Duni Sawadogo, PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Abidjan and PhD in Cell Biology and Hematology from the University of Navarra is a professor of Biological Hematology and researcher at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Boigny University of Abidjan, contributing to the promotion and development of the pharmaceutical industry in Côte d’Ivoire.
During the pandemic, Dr. Sawadogo was appointed to the steering committee of AIRP, a body similar to the European Union Medicines Agency, which approved covid-19 vaccines. Her position at AIRP is particularly aimed at combating the trafficking of fake drugs, which, in many countries in Africa, provides greater revenue than the narcotics trade.
The Award, sponsored by Laboratorios René Furterer, in its eleventh edition, wishes to give concrete support to female personalities committed to ensuring equal development opportunities for women in Africa.