Kenyatta University Launch Women’s Economic Empowerment Hub

Kenyatta University Women’s Economic Empowerment Hub (KU-WEE Hub) was launched on January 28th 2021 at the Kenyatta University main campus. The event was   graced by   Cabinet secretary for Public Service and Gender, Prof. Margaret Kobia who lauded the University for   making the first steps in launching a hub in Kenya under “The Initiatives for What Works for Women’s Economic Empowerment”.

The hub is working with researchers and other stakeholders to build programme and policy evidence on what works to advance women’s economic empowerment in Kenya.

Amongst those who attended the launch was the Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University Prof. Paul Wainaina who reiterated his support towards initiatives working on women’s economic empowerment through research generated data.

Affirming his support towards the hub, the Vice Chancellor called on researchers to embrace research in all aspects towards driving the economic agenda.

The hub leader Prof. Judith Waudo giving her remarks observed that women’s representation in the economy is marred by poor gender representation at the policy decision making levels.

She added that, lack of clarity in policies to address workforce segregation while existing programmes and policies have not been independently evaluated are some of the rationales towards the   program.

KU-WEE Hub will serve as a research and evidence hub aimed at strengthening generation and use of evidence to advance Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and gender equality in Kenya.

The establishment of the Hub is informed by the need for gender data and robust evidence that informs the women’s economic empowerment architecture in Kenya and indeed the Eastern Africa Region.