Women in positions of leadership have been urged to embrace younger women leaders and help them in their journey to the top. Mentorship is important factor towards development.
This was the revealed during the Association of Commonwealth Universities Conference that is ongoing from September, 12 – 16, 2016. The theme of the conference being ‘The SDGs: An Opportunity to Embed Gender Equity / Equality in Higher Education’.
The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi , in his address , noted that safety of women and children is a big concern. He said that as a country, we need to develop citizens who can compete globally. He urged attendants to find practical ways of implementing the SDGs.
University of Nairobi is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities and have benefited from scholarships, staff development and training, students and staff exchange programs among others.
In his opening address, H. E. Mr. Chulpathmendra Dahanayake, the Sri Lankan, High Commissioner to Kenya, said that investments made in empowering women are great multipliers. He noted that the SDGs should be the guide in empowering women.
In her keynote address, Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe, noted that power dynamics, institutional dynamics, tribalism, religious dynamism and organizational politics are some of the issues that hinder women empowerment and should be removed to achieve gender equity and equality. She said to that in operationalizing SDGs, both equity and equality should be used.
In order to enhance education access, it was suggested that technology should be adopted. School enrolment of young girls is poor due to factors like poverty and early pregnancy among others factors.
The conference was attended by participants from 16 African countries was coordinated by the University of Nairobi. Also in attendance were; Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Dr. Anne Assey, ACU / UoN Events Coordinator.