4th Annual Forensic Victimology and Victim Support Conference Kenya 2021 entered its second and final day with several activities lined up including; Opening Ceremony and keynote speeches.
The conference was officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi Prof. Stephen Kiama who acknowledged the partnership in hosting the Conference with the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, and Kibabii University, Kenya.
"The University has been and continues to be a center for intellectual life, a locus of research activity extending the boundaries
of knowledge, a resource for professional development, and a key player in the growing global network of scholarship", says Prof. Kiama.
The Associate Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation, and Enterprise), Prof. M. Jesang Hutchinson noted that as an academic institution, the University of Nairobi places a lot of emphasis on the significant role conferences and workshops play in shaping future leaders, creating impact in the society, and providing a framework for future action. This is because of the wide audience the conferences bring together which is not easy to reach geographically just through ordinary travels.
The highlight of the Keynote speeches was; The Role of the Prisons Department in the Criminal Justice System in Kenya by the Senior Assistant Commissioner General of Prisons & Commandant Prisons Staff Training College, Ms. Wanini Kireri, EBS and Victim Empowerment and Access to Justice: Critical Reflections from Africa by Prof. Dr. Robert Peacock, President of the World Society of Victimology and Chair of the Department of the Criminology at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Other strategic partners who played a significant role in the success of the conference included The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), The World Society of Victimology, Longhorn Publishers Plc and Probation and After Care Service (PACS).