Taking stock of Kenya’s progress towards Gender equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment: KU-WEE Hub, Institute of Economic Affairs hold public forum

Hub Leader, Prof. Judith Waudo, shares  KU-WEE Hub’s work during the Public Forum

The Kenyatta University Women’s Economic Empowerment (KU-WEE) Hub held a breakfast meeting with stakeholders from the public and private sectors to discuss Kenya’s progress towards gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
The hybrid event, held jointly with the Institute of Economic Affairs, took place at the Stanley hotel in Nairobi and brought together researchers, government agencies and civil society representatives to take stock of the progress made in the country’s journey towards gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. During the event, the KU-WEE Hub leader, Prof. Judith Waudo, emphasised the need to align women’s economic empowerment with the overall economic agenda of the country, adding that the utilisation of gender data in the formulation of Women’s Economic Empowerment policies and programmes is critical.
Sharing some of the preliminary findings from the Hub’s ongoing project, the Project Leader, Dr. Regina Mwatha highlighted that a 10-year gender audit conducted by the Hub indicated that since the promulgation of the 2010 constitution, the proportion of women representation in upper management levels (Q to V) in the public service has been on the ascendancy, albeit insignificantly. In addition, preliminary research on the effectiveness of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers’ women- in- manufacturing programme indicates that women reported limited control over household productive assets, and could not make exclusive decisions about business and household income. “Most women have power in time agency, but with significant variations between those engaged in domestic work and those in income generating activities”, said Dr. Mwatha.
Participants noted that data gaps continue to limit efforts to not only track but also quantify the contribution of and girls to the economic growth of countries across the region and world. Speakers also called for advocacy of women’s initiatives across all government ministries, departments and agencies, for sustainable women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.

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