African Women's Studies Centre Conferences

Annual Conference on Status of African Women

Date & Time: From 2018-06-27
To 2018-10-30
Description of Conference




P O BOX 30197- 00100

Tel: (+254-20) 318262 Ext: 28075; 725 740 025



Nairobi, Kenya


                                      October 23rd -25th, 2018


                              Annual Conference on Status of African Women

                              Venue:   University of Nairobi, Main Campus

                              Conference email:                        


The University of Nairobi will hold a research week from 22nd to 26th October, 2018 to show case the wide innovation and research activities of the University as well as to bring together global researchers through a series of international conferences. In this regard the African Women Studies Centre (AWSC) of the University of Nairobi will hold a conference from October 23rd -25th with the theme: “African Women’s Journey Towards Gender Equality and Social Cultural Transformation.”  


The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars involved in research on areas such as: gender issues policy and practice; social and economic and empowerment; governance and leadership; as well as documenting and preserving African women’s knowledge and experiences. This conference will provide an opportunity for networking among scholars from various backgrounds and enable participants to share practical solutions for achieving gender equality both at local, national and regional levels.


In this connection the AWSC invites abstracts from interested scholars on the following sub-themes:


  •  Historical  Perspectives of Women’s  Struggle Towards Gender Equality
  •  Mainstreaming Gender in  Agenda 2030
  •  Indigenous Approaches to Understanding Gender Equality and Social Transformation
  •  The  Legal Systems and Gender Equality 
  •  Women and Devolved Governance
  •  Women and the Environment
  •  Women’s Economic Empowerment
  •  Entrepreneurship and Women Empowerment
  •  African Women and Food Security
  •  Health Issues Related to African Women well-being
  •  Women’s Political Leadership
  •  Women’s Leadership in Traditional Society
  •  African Women and the Constitution Making
  •  Women, in Peace and Conflict Resolution
  •  African Women in the Liberation Struggle
  •  Post Independence African Women Leaders
  •  African Women and Technology





Author Guidelines

Interested presenters should submit original abstract(s) of at least 200-300 words in English by July1st, 2018 via the African Women Studies Centre conference email: to the attention of Dr.Grace Nyamongo.The Conference Organizing Committee will review abstracts and respond by July 30th 2018. Upon acceptance of abstracts, presenters will be required to submit full papers by August 30th, 2018. Participants who do not register by August 15th 2018 will forfeit their chance of participation.


 Abstract Timelines


  1.  July 1st 2018   submission of abstracts
  2.  July 30th 2018  feedback from Conference Committee
  3.   August 15th 2018 Conference Registration deadline
  4.  August  30th 2018  Submission  of full paper


Submit electronic copies in Times New Roman, Font size 12, line spacing 1.5.

References and key words used in the paper should be given. The final papers will be published in the journal of AWSC: Pathways to African Feminism and Development at no cost to the authors.


Conference Registration Fees for three days


  1. Undergraduate Students Ksh.1500
  2. Postgraduate   Student Ksh. 3000
  3. East African Community Participants Ksh. 6000
  4. International  researchers  Ksh.10,000 (US 100)


 Conference Chairperson:

 Dr. Grace Nyamongo,


 Tel # +254-717812 173

 Off. Tel. # +254-725740025



Link Annual Conference on Status of African Women


Date & Time: From 2015-06-16
To 2015-06-16
Description of Conference

This event was sponsored by UNHCR,  Danish, Refugee Council (DRC),  National Chamber for Commerce  & Industry with representatives  from IMF, UNHCR, DRC,  UNDP Commissioner for Refugees- Mr H. Komen,  CEO Red Cross, Kibra MP Hon Kenneth Okoth among others.   Many refugees shared their experiences, good and bad  as well as their contributions to Kenya economy. they made several recommendations to the Kenyan government.


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Dr Akinyi participates in the Shanghai open university international staff exchange fellowship program from june 1st 2015 to june 12th 2015.

Date & Time: From 2015-06-01
To 2015-06-12
Description of Conference

Dr Akinyi participated in the Shanghai open university international staff exchange fellowship program from june 1st 2015 to june 12th 2015.

Her topic was a comparative study of support systems for Gender Distance Education at Egerton University, Kenya and Shanghai Open University, China.

The participants were drawn from Europe and Asia; one lady from Trinity University Ireland , one lady and a gentleman from Open University of London, A gentleman from Open University of Spain, a lady from Mongolian Science and Technology University, a gentleman from Open University of Malaysia, Mymar Burma) University, South Korea University, Muhungushi University-Zambia. In total we were ten scholars, four ladies and six gentlemen. Only two were drawn from Africa.


The purpose of the international staff exchange fellowship program was to promote co-operation between foreign open universities and Shanghai Open University through academic exchange and to enhance the quality of teaching and research in the field of open and distance learning after proving to be such a capable and conscientious researcher ready to conduct the proposed research and share the best open and distance learning practices between Kenya and China.


Find her report and images from the exchange below.

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Date & Time: From 2014-05-02
To 2014-05-03
Description of Conference

The two day  Conference on Woema and Food Security was held in the Council Chamber, University of Nairobi and officially opened by

Cabinet Secretary  for Devolution and Planning, Ms Anne Waiguru.


Speeches were also given by Ms Ann Onyango, Ministry of Agriculture,  Prof. E. N. Njeru, Principal, CHSS.



Date & Time: From 2011-06-30
To 2011-06-30
Description of Conference

Since its inception, feminism has achieved some societal changes through sharing experiences, developing theory and campaigning for rights such as, for example, phasing out discriminatory laws by seeking women’s equality, reduced male dominance in the family institutions, increased participation of women in clergy, use of gender neutral language and increased participation of women in decision making organs.

The conference on Pathways to Feminism and Development in Africa took place at a momentous period of time, that was when The African Women’s Studies Centre had just been approved by the University of Nairobi Council, and more so, when the implementation of the new Constitution of Kenya giving women a fair share of representation in Parliament had just started, after a long struggle, and women were beginning to see the fruits of their struggle. That was a time when women at every level were getting sensitized to participate in all socio-political and economic activities for development, since they too, have the potential and the Constitution has provided the necessary conditions for their growth and development.


The Conference brought together scholars from different Kenyan Universities to share their views on feminism and development and was held on 30th June 2011 at the University of Nairobi, Main Campus, Council Chambers. The aim of the conference was to enable the scholars to come together and share various pathways to feminism and development in Africa. The key officials included Deputy Chief Justice, Lady Justice Nancy Barasa; Dr. Risper Oduor who represented the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Professor. Enos Njeru, Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences representing the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, and Professor Odek, Dean Faculty of Law. The facilitators included the African Women’s Studies Centre (AWSC) representatives drawn from the various Colleges of the University of Nairobi linked to the Centre. Among those present was Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira who is the Director of the Centre. The others included Dr. Jesang Hutchinson who is the coordinator in the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Dr. Siphila Mumenya from the College of Architecture and Engineering, Professor Octavian Gakuru from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ms. Mabel Isolio from the Institute of Anthropology and Gender Studies and Anna Petkova-Mwangi from the College of Education and External Studies.


The methodology employed involved presentation of papers on various thematic areas based on feminism and development. Each presentation was followed by a discussion by an assigned scholar highlighting key concerns in the presentation. After a couple of presentations, there were plenary discussions where the participants gave their views in light of the presentations. It was noted that the African woman has been gagged for a very long time and it was high time that she spoke out and was heard. This has been because of culture that has portrayed women as inadequate beings, the existence of male brokers whom women have to negotiate through for power, illiteracy, diversity which has fractured women’s unity, a question of tactics and strategy, and denial of identity.

It was also observed that overtime; women had been retrogressing, especially when they met with resistance. It was realized that investing in women is investing in the development of all spheres of a nation. When a woman is empowered the benefits trickle down to the family level. Thus women movements should be strengthened despite the diversities of women and strong linkages should be built with the women at the grassroots level. The dominant hindrances for the development of the African woman were noted to be lack of economic power and development, real or perceived traditional practices based on the patriarchal model, scarcity of resources and competition, the plural system of law which allows for the practice of religious, customary and state law that do not have the interests of the woman in mind, the role of theory in the portrayal of women and the women’s voice which is not affirming who the women are. To achieve development, feminism needs to be integrated in all socio-political and economic sectors of the state. The papers discussed at the ‘Pathways to Development’ forum form the first issue of the Centre’s Journal. Prof. Patricia Kameri–Mbote is the editor of the African Women Studies Journal.

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Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, EBS


African Women's Studies Centre

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