JKUAT Gender and Mentoring Centre in collaboration with the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Kenya Commercial Bank held a two-day gender and disability mainstreaming sensitization workshop, commencing June 13, 2019.
The workshop themed ‘Gender and Disability Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development’ drew over 100 participants from various University departments and campuses in a bid to enhance harmony and understanding of gender and disability issues affecting not only the institution, but the society at large.
Addressing the participants, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi said gender equity and inclusion of persons with disabilities especially in universities, was paramount for the realization of the country’s development agenda.
“Integrating the gender and disability perspectives in institutions of higher learning will help strengthen the country’s socio-economic development and the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs),” said Prof. Ngumi, in a speech read by the Principal, College of Agriculture and Natural Resource, Prof. David Mburu.
She further reiterated JKUAT’s commitment in ensuring that government policies on gender and disability mainstreaming are fully implemented.
While expounding on JKUAT’s gender and disability policy that provides guidelines on gender and disability mainstreaming in all operations of the University, Director, Gender and Mentoring Centre, Prof. Hellen Kutima said the University was committed to the principle of equal opportunities for all persons such that no deserving persons are discriminated against on the basis of gender and disability.
The congregation was also addressed by KCB, Senior Corporate Relationship Manager, Ms. Jennifer Muindi, Dr. Kangethe Giterere of Gender and Mentoring Centre and JKUAT Senior Health Counsellor, Ms. Monica Otiende.