Organized by the African women studies research center, an offshoot of theatrical women studies program located in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and African Women Studies, University of Nairobi, 4th Annual Conference on Status of African Women’s Economic Empowerment commenced with the opening ceremony, keynote speeches, and paper presentations scheduled for Day 1.
The conference was officially opened by the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama who noted that "under the aegis of the broad theme of Economic Empowerment of Women, it has drawn scholars involved in research in the political, social and economic empowerment of women to determine that there is need to improve the social, and political status of women in the world. Through research, it has been established that the female gender, despite government interventions continues to face subjugation and systematic oppression. This Conference then will provide an opportunity for networking among scholars from various backgrounds and enable the participants to share practical solutions for achieving women’s economic empowerment both at local, national, and regional levels".
"The conversations on women's economic empowerment have been with us for a while and will continue into the foreseeable future. This is because women's economic empowerment is about sustainable development, it is about justice for all, it is about equity, and it is about human rights among other critical issues affecting us today. The more we progress in this complex area, the more it becomes apparent that there is still more to do. This conference is therefore very relevant under the theme of our
2021 Research Week, which is, ‘Rethinking Research, Innovation, and Technology for Sustainable Development". Says the Associate Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & Enterprise) Prof. M. Jesang Hutchinson.
Six keynote speeches and over 25 papers will be presented during the conference