Primary outcome: Improved exposure of 20% women and girls to apprenticeship, internship and mentorship programs to enhance their work readiness by 2025

Mary Mwangi is a Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology. She is also an active researcher and dedicated STEM champion with a passion for empowerment of women and girls. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded KU-WEE Hub she is a collaborator on the project entitled:  The Impact of Apprenticeship, Internship and Mentorship Programs on Employment of Young Women. Mary has won several other multidisciplinary research grants including, NACOSTI Women in STI, National Research Fund Kenya, Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VICRES), British Council and LEAP-Agri to undertake research focusing on women’s empowerment through poverty reduction, food security, Bioenergy, and climate change resilience. She is also a recipient of several training fellowships for Science communication, Stakeholder mapping, Negotiation skills, Networking, Gender and leadership for change and Effective Project planning, and management.  She is a certified Applied Entrepreneurship Education trainer (AEEP) focusing on mainstreaming entrepreneurship in research and teaching for enhanced youth employability. Mary is a consultant and expert peer reviewer for the annual UNESCO Loreal Young Talent program for Women Scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Chair of the technical Working group on Gender Mainstreaming at the Center for Gender Equity and Empowerment at Kenyatta University.  She is the executive secretary of the Association of African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE), Secretary General of the International Women in Science and Engineering (INWES) and member of the African Women for Biosciences (AWfB).