Date and time: 
Thu, 2016-03-03 09:00
Location / Venue: 

Intercontinental Hotel

AWSC Food Security Committee and Legal Team led by Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira held a consultative meeting with KEWOPA members to share the Food Security Bill, 2014 at Intercontinental Hotel on 3rd March 2016.  The Bill drafted by AWSC in collaboration with UON School of Law was one of the major outcomes from the Research on Food Security carried out by AWSC/KNBS in the country in 2013.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2016-06-10 11:48
Date and time: 
Tue, 2016-06-07 09:28
Location / Venue: 

Safari Park Hotel

Chairman, Council of Governors H.E Peter Munya led Governors , Deputy Governors and other stakeholders to a consultative meeting on elections at Safari Park Hotel. The meeting was aimed at achieving several agendas which included; providing County Governments with a platform

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2019-12-31 11:28
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The program objectives are to:

i. Explain the different needs of diverse members of society.

ii. Discuss concepts and skills for effective participation in leadership and governance.

iii. Develop awareness on the importance of women’s participation in leadership and governance. Programme of African Women’s Studies Centre, University of Nairobi – Jan. 11, 2016 Page 2

The Program targets political and other leaders as well as any individual interested in matters of leadership and governance in Africa.

The objectives are to:


Editor in Chief

Prof Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Professor of Law, Department of Private Law University of Nairobi


Dr Mary Lucia Mbithi, School of Economics, University of Nairobi

Editorial Board

Prof Henry Indangasi, Professor of Literature, University of Nairobi

Dr Margaret Jesang Hutchinson, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection

Prof Maria Nzomo, Director, Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies, University of Nairobi

Dr Daniel Ichang’i, College of Biological & Physical Sciences, University of Nairobi

Prof Zipporah Ngumi, Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Health, University of Nairobi

Dr Kennedy Omoke, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi

Prof Migai Aketch, Professor School of Law, University of Nairobi

Prof Ciarunji Chesaina, Professor of Literature, University of Nairobi

Dr Grace Omoni, Director, School of Nursing, University of Nairobi

Mrs. Anna Petkova Mwangi, Department of Literature, University of Nairobi

Prof Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, Professor of Literature & Director, African Women’s Studies

Centre, University of Nairobi

Prof Elishiba Kimani, Gender and Development Studies, Kenyatta University

Prof Philomena Mwaura, Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies/Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Empowerment, Kenyatta University


                              From the Editor’s Desk
                               -Anna Petkova Mwangi

Welcome to issue No 3 of Pathways to African Feminism and Development, the Journal of the African Women’s
Studies Centre (AWSC), the University of Nairobi.
Being multidisciplinary in nature, women’s studies can be viewed from the point of view of many different
academic disciplines, for example, Anthropology or Political Science. On the other hand, Women’s Studies is
also interdisciplinary, that is, it combines knowledge and methodology from across many academic disciplines.
Its field of academic study, research and praxis is also interdisciplinary since its concern is to examine gender as
a social and cultural construct; the social status and contributions of women to the socio-cultural, economic and
political status; social justice and power. The Women’s Studies approach puts women in the centre of inquiry,
informing knowledge through their experience and perspectives which means that traditional concepts regarding
men and women must be challenged and amended.
The inclusion of women transforms the nature of knowledge and the means of producing knowledge. It aims to
learn about the status of women in society and suggest ways to improve it; to find out how institutions in the
society affect women, critically analyze the results and propose creative solutions for issues on a local level and
globally; to critically deliberate about patterns of privilege and discrimination, including power and power
imbalance, and propose suitable solutions and, finally, to help women improve their writing and speaking skills
so as to gain new insights and be able to express their knowledge and ideas, thus empowering self and others.
Consequently, the AWSC Journal endeavours to provide a forum where different aspects of women studies and
feminist theories and praxis can be brought to light for critical examination and exchange of knowledge and
experience. While the theme of the first issue of Pathways to African Feminism and Development was Same
Story: Different Narratives, the theme of issue No 2 was Women and Food Security. The theme of the current
issue is Women in Literature. By its interdisciplinary nature Literature relates closely to Women’s Studies. It
concerns itself with societal norms of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social inequalities and their effect
on the individual and family relations within these norms and institutions.
This issue offers a feminist critique on the representation of women in Li terature by both male and female
authors. The focus is on traditional and modern constructs of the role of the women within the family and the
society. It questions why masculinity is valued higher than femininity and points out how this gender ranking
reinforces sexism. The struggle that women have to go through so as to stop being doormats and claim their
place as equal to their men folk, has clearly been exposed. Finally, there is an overview of Kenyan women’s
perceptions of marriage within an African set up and its implications on the recognition of their self-identity and
rights as wives and members of the society.


  1. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira
  2. Mikhail Gromov
  3. Monica Mweseli
  4. Alina Nikolaevna Rinkanya
  5. Wafula Yenjela
  6. Jackie Ojiambo
  7. Kanyi Thiong’o

Message from the Director


Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, EBS


African Women's Studies Centre

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