Nashwa Eassa

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Nashwa Abo Alhassan Eassa is a nano-particle physicist from Sudan. She is an assistant professor of physics at University Al-Neelain University in Khartoum, in 2015, Eassa won the Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. The award recognized her research on lessening film accumulation on the surface of high-speed semiconductors

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  • If I can contribute to making a positive change in the life of a single woman, it will give me sufficient inspiration to continue my work with gender equality
  • I was fortunate to study at Linköping University before Sweden introduced tuition fees for students from outside Europe. This was an enormous help to me, without it I wouldn’t have been able to study. But I had to live and eat as well, so I made ends meet by working at McDonalds and distributing advertising.
  • "Women in academia must work twice as hard to prove that they are competent. Men don’t have to exert themselves in the same way. I can see this structure everywhere: in Sudan, in other developing countries, and also in Sweden. Men have the top jobs in the academic world. Much remains to be done here.
  • "Many women with a degree give up their academic career when they get married. They start a family and feel pressure from their family and society to stay at home and look after the children. Support from other women in the academic world may be decisive to them continuing their career"
  • "Not only that, they also function as inspiration for girls and young women, and show that it is possible for them to go to university, if they can receive scholarships and the right support"
  • "We are opening doors into the academic world for more women, and in itself that makes me feel good"
  • "I was speechless when they told me that I had been awarded an honorary doctorate. It’s a great honour. I’m convinced that it can also provide motivation for girls and young women – they see that traditional patterns can be broken, and they can gain the courage required to invest in their future."