From the Hub Leader: Prof. Judith Waudo

Greetings from the KU-WEE Hub and welcome to the first edition of the Hub’s newsletter. The Hub was established through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF) to generate evidence on what works to advance Women’s Economic Empowerment in Kenya. It was Officially launched on 28th January, 2021, by the Cabinet Secretary, public Service, Gender, Senior citizens’ Affairs and Special Programmes, Prof. Margaret Kobia. Our project’s title is Initiatives for what works to improve Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Kenya. The Rationale is to address the weak nexus between WEE policies and programs, and gender data in Kenya, with the goal to promote WEE through policy driven research. The Hub’s overall outcome is Utilization of evidence by government’s implementing agencies, the private sector players and donors to shape policies, programmes, interventions and advocacy efforts related to supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment in Kenya.

The project is organized into three thematic areas, namely: Women’s roles in Private and Public Sectors, Women’s Mentoring and Skilling, and Violence, Crises and women’s work. We are currently focused on evidence generation in all our thematic areas, having successfully completed the inception phase of the project.

As you will read in the ensuing segments, we have also engaged in various national, regional and international WEE activities where we have actively participated in a number of dialogues centering on the generation and use of gender data to influence policy.

We look forward to engaging you every quarter. Feel free to give us your feedback through our various communication platforms.

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