Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology staff and students marked the launch of this year’s Gender and Disability Mainstreaming Week with a series of activities including talks, sensitization sessions and road shows on gender and disability mainstreaming at the Main Campus, Juja, Tuesday, June 16.
This year’s event, themed: “Promoting an Inclusive Environment in Institutions of Higher Learning” was organized by the Department of Gender, and aims to demystify discrimination as well as enhance harmony and understanding based on gender and disability issues affecting not only the Institution, but the society at large.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the week-long celebration, the Director, Gender Department, Dr. Johnson Kinyua told the gathering that, JKUAT is committed to the principal of equal opportunity for all, such that no deserving person will be discriminated against on the basis of gender and disability.
“The University recognizes that integrating the gender and disability perspectives in institutions of higher learning will help strengthen the country’s socio- economic development,” said Dr. Kinyua.
In a presentation by the Deputy Director, Gender Department Prof. Helen Kutima elucidated on JKUAT’s gender and disability polices that provide guidelines on gender and disability mainstreaming in all operations of the University, and how they relate to all the activities and programmes of the University at all levels including JKUAT Campuses and Centres spread across the country and beyond.
The week-long annual celebration comes to a close on Friday, June 19.