A series of activities, sensitization sessions and road show on gender and disability mainstreaming will punctuate this year’s Gender and Disability Week. The annual event, organized by the Gender and Mentoring Centre aims to demystify discrimination based on gender or physical orientation and targets University stakeholders.
Speaking during the Week’s opening ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga reiterated the commitment of the University to meet constitutional requirements on gender and disability mainstreaming.
“We have already achieved the 30 percent constitutional gender requirement in both student population and staff establishment,” noted Prof. Imbuga, in a speech read by Prof. Alfred Mayabi.
On disability mainstreaming, the Vice Chancellor maintained that JKUAT remained an equal opportunity employer. ‘The University strives towards the 5% staff population living with disabilities which currently stands at 0.5 % of the 2, 200 employees’.
To enhance gender and disability mainstreaming, the university has instituted targeted affirmative action on students enrollment and staff employment, averred Prof. Imbuga
Addressing the participants on behalf of the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Dr. Aggrey Nyende, Director, Institute of Biotechnology Research highlighted University’s efforts to enhance gender and disability mainstreaming.
“The University has established a centre of rehabilitation, implemented mentoring programmes, besides drafting of policies on Anti-sexual harassment and disability mainstreaming,” said Dr. Nyende.
During the weeklong event, Federation of Kenya Women Lawyers (FIDA) will provide free legal advice to vulnerable women. The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya will also create awareness on causes, prevention and management of various disabilities.
Dr. Johnson Kinywa, Director, Gender and Mentoring Centre took the participants through the historical trajectory of gender agenda in Kenya, urging them to look beyond women and children in an effort to expedite gender mainstreaming in the society.
The week themed Gender and Disability mainstreaming for sustainable development comes to a close on Friday June 14, with ultimate address by the Nation’s First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta.