Dr. Nyamu taking to Kericho Campus students
CGEE staff with Kericho campus students
CGEE staff facilitators and students after google digital training
Turkish Ambassador to Kenya Ms Deniz Eke addressing students during Gender week

Activities

The Centre for Gender Equity and Empowerment has recently carried out the following activities

  1. On 22nd July 2015: The Director – Prof. Philomena Mwaura, Prof. Wangari Mwai – the Director Satellite and Offshore Campuses and Mr. Fred Kariuki attended the Launch of the HEFORSHE campaign by Safaricom at Michael Joseph Centre in Westlands. The Launch was a joint Venture of Safaricom through their mother company – Vodafone and UN Women. The team from Kenyatta University had been invited by UN Women to the function as part of sharing lessons on the upcoming launch by Kenyatta University. HEFORSHE is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all. Kenyatta University is among the 10X10X10 IMPACT GROUP. IMPACT 10x10x10 engages key decision makers at governments, corporations, and universities around the world to drive change from the top. IMPACT champions make gender equality an institutional priority, committing to real change within and beyond each of their organizations. Each IMPACT champion implements the HeForShe IMPACT framework and develops three bold, game-changing commitments to advance and ultimately achieve gender equality for all. This is the group that will change the world. Read more on http://www.heforshe.org
  2. On 22nd June 2015: Trained members of staff from the Security and Health Services Directorates on Gender Awareness and better ways of handling survivors of Sexual Harassment.
  3. On 14th May 2015: Sensitized new students on at City campus. The Director – Prof. P. Mwaura gave the students tips on what to do to protect themselves against SGBV and how to respond in case of an attack. The students were also advised that sexual offenders can be anybody ranging from members of teaching staff, Non-teaching staff, fellow students, guardians, relatives and strangers.
  4. On 18th to 20th March 2015, the Centre for Gender in collaboration with the Registrar Administration’s Office and the Human Resource Department held training for all new staff hired from January 2014 to February 2015. The sessions covered human resource policies as well as gender awareness and dissemination of the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Policy. A total of 282 staff were trained. These included 81 Teaching Staff and 201 Non-Teaching Staff.
  5. From Febraury 28th to March 6th 2015, the Centre had Gender Week activities that culminated with marking the International Women’s Day on 6th March 2015. The activities included visits to On 1st March, the Gender Week kicked off with a visit to Otto Hofmann’s Children’s Home in Thika town. A total of 46 students and staff from the Centre for Gender had a wonderful day with the children. Some of the activities that were done included washing and cleaning the children’s clothes and the compound, splitting firewood, cooking with the children, games and finally a session on advising the children on social life issues.On 4th March 2015, there was an interactive forum where the guest speakers were Dr. Chi-Chi Undie from Population Council who dealt with the topic of Reproductive Health: Love and Sex Redefined. In this talk, she took the participants through the stereotypes that women and men have about their sexuality. The other speaker was Pastor Zephaniah Ananda who represented Pastor Simon Mbevi from Transform Nations organization. He dealt with the topic of transforming mindsets of men to make gender equality happen. In this session he emphasized to the participants the need to have good role models of men who know themselves and value the needs and concerns of others. He promised to keep the new collaboration active to ensure that a club of young responsible men is started in Kenyatta University.
  6. On 6th March 2015, Kenyatta University celebrated the International Women’s Day with the Chief Guest being Hon. Annah Nyokabi Gatheca – Women Representative, Kiambu County. The International Women’s Day (IWD) is a very important day of celebration for women across the globe.  It is marked on 8th March every year focusing on a specific theme. For 2015, the theme is “Making it Happen.” This is a very pertinent theme and one that resonates with Kenyatta University’s motto of transforming higher education…enhancing lives.” The Vice-Chancellor, in a speech read on her behalf by Prof. ELishiba Kimani, observed that the International Women’s Day is a cause for celebration of women achievers, in the world and especially in the African continent.  We celebrate the African women who despite all odds have risen from scratch to positions of authority and excellence.  We celebrate the mothers that have dedicated their lives in bringing up and patiently nurturing their children to adulthood.  It is these women who have shaped charismatic leaders all over the globe.  Indeed it is the mother who determines the quality of family she is raising. She welcomed and thanked Hon. Nyokabi for finding time to come and inspire Kenyatta University Community. Hon. Nyokabi was very inspirational in her talk. She encouraged many of the students and participants present to develop good strategies of achieving their targets. “In leadership, one has to be strategic and persistent. You have to plan when and how to use positive and negative energy to achieve your motive.”

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 13:59

Philomena Mwaura

Dr Florence K. Nyamu, OGW
Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Empowerment

Contacts

Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Empowerment 
P.O. Box 43844 –00100 GPO
Nairobi, Kenya 
Tel.: +254 20  870 4333
Cisco Extension:
4333
Cell-phone: +254 722488880
Email: director-gender@ku.ac.ke

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