Date and time: 
Tue, 2018-12-11 10:30
Location / Venue: 




Master of Arts in Women, Leadership and Governance in Africa
University of Nairobi African Women’s Studies Centre (AWSC)
The African Women’s Studies Centre is an academic, research and outreach
focused Centre linked to all Colleges at the University of Nairobi. The Centre was
approved by the University of Nairobi Council in June 2011. This was in recognition
of the importance of the African women’s perspectives in all aspects of life. It is a
multi-disciplinary Centre which draws representation from the six constituent
colleges of the University of Nairobi namely, College of Humanities and Social
Sciences, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, College of Health
Sciences, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, College of Architecture and
Engineering and College of Education and External Studies.
The Centre exists to promote scholarship and influence policy from African women’s
perspectives through research, teaching, publication and dissemination, and
engaging with policy makers, women’s organizations and civil society organizations,
in order to bring African women’s perspectives into development and scholarship in
Kenya, Africa and the world. The Centre, like all other institutions of the University, is
governed by the University of Nairobi Statutes.
The Centre acknowledges that the experiences of African women in almost all
spheres of life have been invisible. These experiences have not been part of
mainstream knowledge development and have generally not been a source of public
and legitimate knowledge. In other words, African women have often not spoken for
themselves, neither have their experiences been utilized to shape, order and name
the world in which we live.
The African Women’s Studies Centre recognizes that women studies focus on
women and their changing position in society and their place within national and
global contexts. The Centre strives to fill the gap in the body of knowledge by
facilitating the generation of knowledge from African women’s perspectives, an area
that has been neglected by traditional academic scholarship. In addition, the Centre
will advocate for African women’s perspectives integration into policy, programmes
and institutional development for the benefit of Africa and her people.
One of the main approaches for bringing the African women’s knowledge to visibility, is
through academic research adopted by the African Women’s Studies Centre, is through

academic research for both PhD, MA and short course training programmes. It is in the
Master of Arts in Women, Leadership and Governance Programmes, that Rhoda Bianca
Mkumbwa after completing her course work at the University of Nairobi - African Women
Studies Centre, returned to her motherland, Malawi to conduct a research in in Partial
Fulfilment of the Requirement for the Award of Degree of Master of Arts in Women
Leadership and Governance in Africa at African Women Studies Centre in University of
Nairobi. Rhoda’s project was entitled “Factors Affecting Performance of Women in Small
Scale Agribusiness: A Case of Lilongwe, Malawi”.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2021-12-17 10:30

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Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, EBS


African Women's Studies Centre

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