16 days of activism against SGBV

In collaboration with Kenyatta University’s Centre for Gender Equity & Empowerment and the Department of Sociology, Gender & development Studies, we marked 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence from 25th November – 10th December 2021. Students and staff participated in various activities that demonstrated the institution’s solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence against women, not only in Kenyatta University but also the larger community.

We held a two -hour roundtable discussion that engaged various key speakers on the theme. The Thursday November 25th 2021virtual seminar incorporated Masters, and Doctorate students, and Faculty. The day was embraced by Dr. Richard Wafula, Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, who gave the opening remarks on the endemic of SGBV in Kenya. Prof. Judith Waudo, Director, Centre for Gender Equity & Empowerment and Hub leader (KU-WEE Hub) and Dr. Samuel Mwangi, Ag.  Chairperson Sociology and Gender, also spoke about the urgent need to end SGBV, especially in institutions of higher learning.  Josephine Thua, a gender Ph.D student deliberated on the Manifestations of SGBV Among Female Postgraduate Students in Kenyan Universities while Edith Murogo, from the Centre for Domestic Training & Development, gave a presentation on SGBV Response Models in Kenya.  Dr. Grace Okong’o, Lecturer & Researcher at the KU-WEE Hub’s SGBV Project spoke on   the SGBV Prevention Models, including the Tamar Campaign, on schedule to be pilot tested in Tharaka Nithi County in 2022. To climax the day was Pamela Karimi, an M.A gender student, who summed the presentations by giving a paper highlighting the Government’s Commitment Towards Eradication of Gender Based Violence, Progress & Gaps.

A key highlight of the season was the Community Outreach, led by Prof Grace Ngare, four other Faculty members and 21 students who took the gospel of anti-SGBV to the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Evergreen Congregation, based in Runda. Prof. Ngare highlighted the theme and sensitized the community about the issue, which was well received with requests for repeat presentations.


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