From the project leader : Dr. Regina Mwatha

Hello, and welcome to the third issue of the Hub’s Newsletter. Since the last issue, our teams have intensified dissemination and advocacy activities with both policy makers, and practitioners. These advocacy activities were carried out at the national and county governments, with civil society as well as Community Based Organisations and women’s organisations.
At the national government, the activities have included different engagements which focus on women in leadership, women in the economy; focusing on barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment as well as women’s continuous learning. The hub is also increasingly engaging with oversight institutions such as National Gender Equality Commission (NGEC), the Public Service Commission and the Council of Governors on current debates which are at the core of the Government agenda and within the President’s 10-point agenda.
Data shared with the State Department for Gender has been used in different fora, such as the World Economic Forum on women in leadership and other policies where gender is now entrenched in the revised policies. The hub in partnership with Institute of Economic Affairs(IEA) contributed to the finance bill 2023.
At the county level, the hub is engaged in influencing county policy in all the fifteen counties where the studies have been conducted. The data is not only impactful at the county cabinet level, but also influencing policy formation at the counties. We have also been active in cross learning and cross sharing with key partner institutions such as Institution for What Works to Advance Gender Equality (IWWAGE)- India and WeProsper, among others.
We acknowledge our key partners:  Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, (KNBS), Tharaka Nithi County Government and IEA. We also acknowledge our key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Gender, Culture, the Arts & Heritage (and many other Ministries of Government) without whom our work on WEE would not be possible. Each of the studies is linked to a ministry at the national government, a county government, or an oversight institution of government. some are also linked to banks and civil societies. Indeed, the studies have shifted the academia from the ivory tower to the realities of the everyday life in communities, with civil society and policy makers.
I hope you find the information herein impactful, and look forward to sharing with you more of our progress in our future editions!Dr. Regina G. Mwatha

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