African Women Rights and their Role in Sustainable Development (AWRSD)
African Women Rights and their Role in Sustainable Development (AWRSD)

Call For Papers

  • 22, Mar / 24, Mar 2022
  • Online Conference
Conference Email
[email protected]

African women have established themselves as the preservers of civilizations and the builders of nations since the dawn of time. From Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt, Kandake Amanirenas, Queen of the ancient kingdom of Kush, Queen Aminatu of Nigeria, Queen Nandi of South Africa, and Yaa Asantewa, Queen of the Ashanti kingdom in Ghana, the African woman has excelled in ruling the country, defending the nation, and providing social reform.

Up until the modern age, African women strived and succeeded in securing their position in the world as rulers, warriors, and family protectors. Globalization and the world conquest affected their lives and tried to subdue their identities. However, many of them succeeded in facing colonial aggression and preserving the traditional and cultural identities of their nations.

In the first edition of the International Conference on “African Women Rights and Its Role in Sustainable Development,” IEREK gives the floor to researchers and human rights activists to discuss the history and the steps towards women empowerment, starting from the golden ages, moving towards the Middle Ages of slavery and colonization, up until the contemporary years of the 19th and the 20th centuries.

The conference will discuss the role of women in preserving cultural identities and dialects, securing familial and communal ties, and facing gender stereotypes. It also analyzes the effects of urbanization and modernity on the African woman and discusses the laws and legislations that resulted from this. The conference raises the question of how human rights serve African women and guarantee them safe and liberating communities.

Moreover, there will be open discussions on the political representation of African women in the modern political stage; how they affect and are affected by laws and politics. Case studies on women’s impact on the modern economy and scientific research will also be highlighted and analyzed. These ideas will be discussed in relation to the stereotypical view of African women from the World, and especially the European media perspective.

Therefore, researchers and Human Rights activists are welcome to share their ideas and exchange thoughts on the position of the modern African woman on the world’s stage. IEREK’s first edition of the International Conference on “African Women Rights and Its Role in Sustainable Development” will try to redefine the concepts attributed to African women by supervising the open discussions of presentations and research papers through a 3-day virtual conference to be held from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2022.

If you are interested to join the conference, present your paper, and discuss it with world leaders and thinkers, then hurry up to register and submit your abstract and secure a chance to publish in IEREK’s Interdisciplinary Book Series, Advances in Science, Technology, and Innovation (ASTI) by Springer. Now indexed in Scopus!

Conference Topics
  • 1. Race and Racism

    1.1 African Women Through the Ages: From Slavery to

    1.2 Empowerment Cultural Stereotypes and Traditional Beliefs.

  • 2. Societal Role and History

    2.1 Motherhood, Fatherhood and Family Life
    2.2 Dialects and Culture Preservation
    2.3 Effects of urbanization and globalization on the modern woman
    2.4 Women empowerment and transition from rural communities

  • 3. Women Health

    3.1 Abortion, reproductive rights, and birth control: Women’s right to control their bodies: a political view
    3.2 Maternal Mortality
    3.3 Breast Cancer
    3.4 Female Genital Mutilation
    3.5 Medical rights

  • 4. Gender Inequality and Human Rights

    4.1 Women [as portrayed] in Film, Literature, and Arts
    4.2 Media representation and social media
    4.3 Redefining Feminism
    4.4 Political Candidacy and Elections
    4.5 Voting rights and Expansion
    4.6 Equality (2030 SDGs)
    4.7 Artistic and literary expression
    4.8 Sexuality and gender identity
    4.9 Disability
    4.10 Employment and poverty

  • 5. Economy, Laws, and Crime

    5.1 Law and social reforms towards equality: Case studies
    5.2 Crimes against women
    5.3 Organizing, activism, and protests
    5.4 Business, management, and leadership: small businesses and women-oriented economy
    5.5 Violence
    5.6 Religion



All accepted short papers of the African Women Rights and their Role in Sustainable Development (1st AWRSD) after the peer-review process will be published in a conference proceedings book as part of the Book Series entitled “Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation” (ASTI) by Springer.

The ASTI Book Series is indexed Scopus and each title is submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI) and EI-Compendex databases. 



Asti By Springer

Publishing in ASTI by Springer (Scopus indexed)                  

After the conference, the submitted manuscripts of authors interested in publishing in the ASTI book series will undergo a rigorous peer-review process resulting in a final decision made by the editors. Only accepted research will be published as a chapter in the Book Series entitled “Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation” (ASTI) by Springer. The ASTI Book Series is by managed highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure high-quality material for online publication.

The ASTI Book Series is fully indexed in Scopus. Some titles have been successfully indexed or submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI).

About the ASTI series

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) is a series of peer-reviewed books based on important emerging research that redefines the current disciplinary boundaries in science, technology, and innovation (STI) in order to develop integrated concepts for sustainable development. It not only discusses the progress made towards securing more resources, allocating smarter solutions, and rebalancing the relationship between nature and people, but also provides in-depth insights from comprehensive research that addresses the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as set out by the UN for 2030.

The series draws on the best research papers from various IEREK and other international conferences to promote the creation and development of viable solutions for a sustainable future and a positive societal transformation with the help of integrated and innovative science-based approaches. Including interdisciplinary contributions, it presents innovative approaches and highlights how they can best support both economic and sustainable development, through better use of data, more effective institutions, and global, local, and individual action, for the welfare of all societies.

The series particularly features conceptual and empirical contributions from various interrelated fields of science, technology, and innovation, with an emphasis on digital transformation, that focus on providing practical solutions to ensure food, water, and energy security to achieve the SDGs. It also presents new case studies offering concrete examples of how to resolve sustainable urbanization and environmental issues in different regions of the world.

The series is intended for professionals in research and teaching, consultancies and industry, and government and international organizations. Published in collaboration with IEREK, the Springer ASTI series will acquaint readers with essential new studies in STI for sustainable development.

About Springer:

Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content through innovative information, products and services. Springer has one of the strongest STM and HSS eBook collections and archives, as well as a comprehensive range of hybrid and open access journals. Springer is part of Springer Nature, a global publisher that serves and supports the research community. Springer Nature aims to advance discovery by publishing robust and insightful science, supporting the development of new areas of research and making ideas and knowledge accessible around the world. As part of Springer Nature, Springer sits alongside other trusted brands like Nature Research, BioMed Central, and Palgrave Macmillan.

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Deadline Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 05 Jan 2022
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 15 Jan 2022
Short Paper Submission Deadline 10 Feb 2022
Last Notification for Short-Paper Acceptance 15 Feb 2022
Early Payment Deadline 20 Jan 2022
Regular Payment Deadline 20 Jan 2022
Late Payment Deadline 20 Jan 2022
Letter of Final Acceptance 21 Jan 2022
Conference Program 20 Feb 2022
Conference Launch 22 Mar 2022
Benefits Of Attending

Attending a conference dramatically enhances both your professional and personal development. They help you sharpen the saw, meet and converse with industry experts, expand your resources and grow your professional network. IEREK Conference will help you:

1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, from different universities and countries, to exchange and share their experiences and research results.

2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates acknowledged by IEREK, the University, and Partnering Organizations.

3. Publication: Selected high-quality manuscripts will be published, after peer review, in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) book series by Springer or by IEREK Press Journals, both of which are indexed in world-renowned databases.

4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.

5. Networking: You can engage with industry experts to discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on and increase your chances of collaboration in future projects.

6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles and an active member of the academic community.

7. Conference Abstracts Material: Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts book in both hardcover and digital format on a CD. Shipping fees may apply.

Participants’ Instructions


To help the organizers plan for inter-disciplinary dialogue, participants are requested to choose from the conference themes/ Topics upon registration.

They must also refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in registering and submitting their abstracts/ papers:


Types of Participation

  1. Attend/ Present Virtually and Publish in Conference proceedings (Short Paper)

Organized from the comfort of your own home, this edition of the conference will be hosted online, offering a virtual attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, online, and have their work considered for publication in the proceedings.

Virtual presenters are required to submit an abstract and extend this abstract following the “author instructions” below and before the deadline (see Important Dates). At least one author must pay the registration fee (see Conference Fees).

For any reason, authors may wish to submit a pre-recorded video presentations no later than 15 days prior to the conference. Alternatively, they may wish to record a voice-over PowerPoint presentation for submission to the conference organizers.

  1. Registration to publish in the proceedings (Short Paper) without presenting/ attending

If your extended abstract (short paper) is accepted, it may be published in the conference proceedings book in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation Book Series by Springer (indexed in Scopus) even if you are not attending the conference. In this case, the accepted work will not be included in the final conference program and the fee will cover the cost of editorial handling and peer-review evaluation of your paper (See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities)

  1. Roundtables/ Panels

Roundtables/Panels are moderated discussions among researchers, students, policymakers, and practitioners. A roundtable/panel proposal must have a title, an abstract of up to 300 words, at least 3 keywords, 1 moderator, and at least 4 speakers/panelists. In addition to one roundtable/panel abstract, each speaker/panelist may wish to submit his/her own abstract of up to 300 words, which must have a title, its author’s name, and at least 3 keywords; it’s optional. At any rate, each roundtable/panel participant must register separately to be able to attend the conference.

To sign up, click here

  1. Non-presenting participant

Non-presenting participants may also wish to attend the conference as Audience Members or Co-authors contributing to an already submitted abstract/ paper.

Authors' Instructions

Authors must refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in submitting their abstracts/ papers:

Step 1: Abstract Submission Process

  • The author should prepare and submit an Abstract (up to 300 words unless otherwise instructed) through the website and before the abstract submission deadline.
  • The abstract should clearly state what the presentation/paper/ suggested roundtable will discuss
  • The author should select the most relevant topic from the corresponding conference topics.
  • The author can use/download an abstract writing template to submit the abstract file accordingly.

To download the Abstract Writing Template, Click Here

Step 2: Abstract Review

  • Upon submission, an abstract will undergo a preliminary evaluation process by members of the scientific committee.
  • A relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented and sound literature and methodology of the work
  • The author will receive a notification by email, within 2 (working) weeks, of:
    • Approval, after which they will be requested to prepare for a presentation or a roundtable or prepare and submit their extended abstracts/ short papers.
    • Rejection, if the topic proposed does not fit the theme of the conference.


All those whose abstracts have been accepted will be invited to register and complete payment in reference to the Conference Fees. They will also have the option to submit their extended abstracts/ short papers to be considered for publication by Springer. Steps 3 – 6 below are applicable only to those who take this option.

Step 3: Extended Abstract/ Short Paper Submission (Optional)

  • The Extended abstract/ Short paper submission is 4 – 5 pages in length (inclusive of the Bibliography Section/ Reference List).
  • All accepted short papers, after the pre-conference peer review process will be published as chapters in the conference proceedings as part of the ASTI Book Series by Springer.
  • Outstanding extended abstracts/ short papers published as part of the conference proceedings book may be invited after the conference to submitted extended manuscripts for inclusion in another title in the ASTI Series by Springer or in a Journal by IEREK Press.
  • The Short paper should state the major issue(s) addressed, the potential significance of the work, the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, major findings, conclusions, implications, and relevant scholarly references.
  • The author should submit the paper written on the Writing Template, through our online system before the paper submission deadline (See Important Dates).
  • The full paper should be written in English as it's the official language of the conference.

Step 4: Preliminary Review & similarity Check

Important Note:

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process, on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism.

  • All Chapters will be screened for similarity using iThenticate; a Turnitin Plagiarism detection software, used for academic publishers. Springer Similarity guidelines are as follows:
    • % from all sources: 10-15%
    • % from one source: 3-5%
    • Higher than 30% (all sources): Reject completely
    • Lower than 30% (all sources): Ask for revision to decrease the similarities  
  • Authors are encouraged to adhere to the submission deadline (See Important Dates) to avoid exclusion from the conference program or inclusion in the proceedings altogether.
  • The review process will range between 4 – 6 (working) weeks. All authors should expect to hear back once the Editors have made a decision regarding their respective submissions/ papers.

*Note: Working weeks include working days that do not take into account official/ national holidays.

Step 5: Payment Completion & Confirmation

Once Preliminary approval for presentation at the conference and/or consideration for publication is granted, authors will be expected to complete payment in reference to the Conference Fees.

In this phase of revision, the research paper will be evaluated based on its originality, structure, and relativity to the conference theme. If the paper gets acceptance by one reviewer, a paper preliminary acceptance notification will be sent to the author accordingly.

As soon as payment is confirmed and done successfully, corresponding official documents can be issued from our end such as:

  • A signed/stamped preliminary acceptance letter
  • Receipt of Payment

Step 6: Rigorous Peer Review Process (Full-length papers only upon invitation)

After the conference and only after payment is confirmed,

  • and the full paper submission deadline is reached, a submitted full-length paper is assigned to an Editor from the Editorial Board, in alignment with IEREK’s revision SOP (double-blind process) for consideration in another volume with extended manuscripts.
  • An extended manuscript/ Full paper may range between 6,000 – 8,000 words+.
  • Each paper/ chapter is evaluated by a minimum of two reviewers, after which a final decision by the responsible Editor is made. There is no maximum to the number of times a paper can be reviewed, depending on the quality of the submission.
  • Once a decision is made by the Editors, IEREK ASTI Editors will communicate one of the following three final decisions:
  1. Accepted without comments
  2. Revise and Resubmit – Minor or Major revision
  3. Final Rejection
  • If modifications are in order, authors will be sent the relevant instructions and a deadline will be set. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion from the final publication/ final rejection.
  • The author should submit the paper using the Writing Template, through their IEREK accounts and online system, before the communicated deadline.
  • A back-and-forth process: modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted.

Rules for Extension:

Authors invited to submit a substantially extended version for publication of work presented in the conference/ previously and partially published as part of the proceedings should abide by the below requirements:

  • Properly referencing the conference paper
  • Submitting a cover letter describing the ways in which the manuscript/ submission has been extended
  • Maintain originality and a similarity percentage of no more than 15% (a maximum of 5% for each source)
  • Avoid plagiarism, in all its forms, including self-plagiarism

The manuscript may incorporate changes in the extension such as a new abstract, additional work/ experimentation or new theory, idea, sources and data.

For more information on the ASTI Series by Springer, Click Here.

Conference Fees


- Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance.

- Each co-author (1-5 max) has his/her own separate fees to pay as shown in the table below.

- A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference Abstract book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for a fee shown below.

Loyalty Membership Discounts

The more you attend, the more you're rewarded! 
IEREK offers its loyal participants the following discounts depending on his/her attendance.

Attendance Discount
Second 5%
Third 10%
Fourth 15%
Fifth 20%

Conference Fees:  

Covid-19 Conference attendance Fees: Held online from the comfort of your own home, the fees below guarantee your virtual attendance for all days of the conference date above.


African Universities Affiliated Authors Participant FeesID/ proof must be shown.

 Author fees (Short paper)
*Applicable to African Universities Affiliated participants.*Covers paper submission processing fees, consideration for publication, virtual attendance/ presentation, virtual social program and contribution certificate.*Contact Us to provide ID Proof of African University.
 Attendance Fees (Co-authors & Audience Members)
*Covers virtual attendance, virtual social program, and contribution certificate.

International Authors Participating Fees

 Author fees (Short paper)
*Covers paper submission processing fees, consideration for publication, virtual attendance/ presentation, virtual social program and contribution certificate.*Contact Us to provide ID Proof of African University.

 EUR 150
 Attendance Fees (Co-authors/ Audience Members)  EUR 50

  Extra Fees

Authors may request that their kits be delivered, for an additional fee decided by the courier, and upon request. Authors located in Egypt can pick them up from Cairo/ Alexandria office.
 Shipping Fees for Conference Abstract book and certificate (Depends on Location)  Contact Us
Additional Conference Kit (Excluding Delivery) EUR 100
Paper Extension  EUR 100