KU-WEE Hub joined the rest of the world to #InspireInclusion on International Women’s Day!

This year’s International women’s Day was marked under the theme “Count Her in: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.” and we were glad to host our stakeholders in celebrating the resilience of women across the world.

We began with an insightful virtual round-table discussion focusing on this year’s theme. Mrs. Roseline Odede, Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights spoke on Investing in women, a human rights issue, sharing key insights on the status of women’s rights in Kenya and the critical nexus between the respect for women’s rights and sustainable development. Mrs. Odede emphasised the need to focus on building the capacity of women and girls to access quality education and training as a means to improve their inclusion and participation in all spheres of life.

Participants follow the conversation during the virtual round-table discussions

Speaking on Implementing Gender Responsive Financing in Kenya: Practices and Challenges, Mr. Kwame Owino, Chief executive Officer of Institute of Economic Affairs, highlighted the need for Gender-Responsive Budgeting to enhance the inclusion of the needs of both men and women in development agenda. The IEA is our partner in the study on Gender-Responsive Budgeting. Read the study findings HERE.

The roundtable insights reiterated evidence from our studies on participation of women in leadership and management positions as well as Female Labour Force participation that indicate steady but insignificant ascendancy of women in  upper management levels , and the unpaid care work as a barrier to female labour force participation, respectively.

 

Participants shared the sentiments that the quest for Gender Equality, and specifically women’s inclusion, should go beyond international day commemorations to our everyday activities.

Marching for Inclusion

On March 8, the hub joined hands with the Kenyatta University Center for Gender Equity and Empowerment to commemorate the International Women’s Day with exciting activities that began with a march around campus to sensitise the University community on this year’s theme.

Ms. Caroline Khamati Mugalla, Director International Labour Organization (Ilo) Country Office for the United Republic of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, called on stakeholders to join in the discussion, using their diverse expertise, to ensure women get equal pay for equal work.

“Let us choose commitment over mere involvement, knowing that our collective efforts can contribute to a world where the rights and dignity of women are upheld and celebrated”, she emphasised. Read the full speech Here.

Rooting for Enhanced Menstrual Hygiene!

Ms. Stephanie Njeri, Executive Director Wazi Community-Based Organization, officially launches the sanitary towel dispensers during International Women’s Day Celebrations

In recognition of the need for proper menstrual hygiene management, we launched sanitary towel dispensers around the University premises, in partnership with Wazi Community-Based Organisation. The dispensers will greatly enhance the menstrual hygiene of the young women in Kenyatta University.

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Read some of our latest research findings on our Women’s Economic Empowerment journal HERE.

Want to share your research with a wide, national, regional and international audience?

Our 2nd International Women’s Economic Empowerment conference is scheduled for 24-26 July, 2024.

The deadline for abstract submission is fast approaching. Submit your abstract at: 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ONWOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT – Google Forms !

For details of the conference, get our concept note at: KU–WEE HUB 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CONCEPT NOTE

 

 

 

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