The Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) on Tuesday February 16, 2016 convened a gender mainstreaming forum for the female students. The interactive session moderated by JKUAT Dean of Students, Ms. Emma Omulokoli and the Institute’s Gender Focal person, Ms. Molly Kibata delved into a number of issues including the need for female mentors during the course of the studies and targeted counselling.
Ms. Kibata started off the meeting with a briefing on the thematic areas critical to the safe, comfortable and conducive stay of the female students at PAUSTI.
Ms. Omulokoli encouraged participants to make use of the Dean of Students office in finding solutions to some of the pressing social concerns facing them. She noted that the office has a number of counselors on standby to assist students go through problematic transitional phases in the course of their studies.
Among the issues floated for consideration by the students who welcomed the forum which has been provided for them, were appropriate living quarters and female mentorship by industry players. They also proposed the creation of a Cultural day to allow students present various aspects of their cultures. This, they added would foster cross cultural learning.
The interactive session was a follow up to the PAU Gender Mainstreaming Workshop which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in December 2015. The event had brought together participants from all the PAU Institutes.