Kenyatta University has entered into a partnership with the government of the Tharaka Nithi County by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards a women empowerment research program.
Representing Tharaka Nithi County & Kenyatta University respectively, Governor Muthomi Njuki and Professor Paul Wainaina both noted that the program targets solutions for women’s social-economic challenges.
According to Njuki, Tharaka Nithi is a pioneer region in the implementation of the research through the Kenyatta University Women Empowerment program sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. If successful, it will be rolled out in other counties.
“Our county has been considered for the research because we are already working on several women empowerment programs including the establishment of a crèche at Chuka open-air market where women keep their babies as they continue selling their goods” he said.
Professor Wainaina, on his part, explained that women face social-economic challenges due to their gender orientation and that the program seeks to address gender-related challenges. According to him, once the challenges are addressed, women will have a level ground with their male counterparts in their day-to-day activities.