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Association of Women Geoscientists of Asia (AWGA)
  (Founded by Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID) at Cape Town in 2016)

The 35th International Geological Congress held in Cape Town South Africa between27th August and 3rd September 2016, earmarked the launch of Association of Women Geoscientists of Asia under the motivational guidance of Dr. Shrikant D. Limaye, Past President of Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID) and Prof. Ezzoura ERRAMI President, African Association of Women in Geosciences.
Dr. Jeannette McGill, President of the Geological Society of South Africa and Chair of the 35th IGC Geohost Committee announced the establishment of SAAWG in the closing ceremony of the congress on 3rd September.

Women Geoscientists from Asian countries, i.e. from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lankaare are invited to join AWGA. The Association operates with a core staff of volunteers and proposes  a free initial membership till the year 2020, the year in which the 36th IGC will be held in New Delhi.It is believed that the activities outlined in the Association’s mandate, would create a support for the empowerment of women geoscientists. This would in turn be a most effective pathway for overcoming difficulties in their day to day working in the Office, Laboratory, Classroom or Outdoors.


Our vision is to create an Association that would strive hard for the Asian Women Geoscientists to become efficient, have worldwide representation and receive recognition in their respective fields. The Association would also seek to advocate safety and security of women working in the field of geosciences. A respectful and fruitful working environment is fundamental for maintaining a high level of professionalism and for assuring an ethical conduct while practicing geosciences. Therefore, the Association would discourage any kind of harassment and discrimination on gender basis.


The Association’s mission is to empower women geoscientists through knowledge based capacity building, skill development for field work and promotion of Geoethical practices. The Association aims at providing the network at national and international levels through networking of women geoscientists with an objective to apply geosciences for solving the challenges of sustainable development. It intends to foster contacts between working women geoscientists  and geoscience students at Universities through conferences and lectures.

Council: Founding Members

Ms. Afia Akhtar

Country: Bangladesh
President of AGID & also the President of SAAWG
email: afia@dhaka.agni.com

Prof. Madhumita Das

Country: India
Vice President

Dr. Shahina tariq

Country: Pakistan
Vice President

Dr. Bhavana Umrikar

Country: India
Councilor for India

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Ms. Bhagyashri Maggirwar

Country: India
Councilor for India

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Prof. Ezzoura Errami

Country: Morocco

Dr. Shrikant Limaye

Country: India