The Institute of Gender and African Studies in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) successfully held a gender based violence in emergencies course certification on 18th January, 2017.
The event held at the College Boardroom saw more than ten students attain certificates following a two-week intensive training including field experience.
Speaking during the event, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro called upon the graduates to spread messages of peace and cohesion across the country. “You have been trained to work in the emergency sector therefore use your knowledge and skills to address the plight of women in gender and violence.”
Prof Mutoro lauded IAGAS for providing quality education and promoting students interests. The Deputy Vice Chancellor also thanked UNFPA for partnering with the University of Nairobi.
Prof. Mutoro Handing over a Certificate to a Graduand
On her part UNFPA Acting Representative in Kenya, Ms. Gift Malunga said that gender based violence was a common problem thus need for increased attention. Ms. Malunga decried the lack of technical capacity and well trained specialists in the management of gender based violence. “It is against this backdrop that we hope the new graduates will help eliminate gender based violence.” – We are also looking forward to continued collaboration with IAGAS and the university of Nairobi as a whole.”
While calling upon more people to be involved in mitigation of gender based violence, Ms. Jessica Gorham, Regional Emergency GBV Advisor thanked the university management for support and partnership. “University of Nairobi is known as a pillar of learning in the region-we look forward to making gender based violence a full-fledged program.”
IAGAS director, Dr. Owuor Olungah said the training and certification was just the first stage which will be followed by Internship.
During event Prof. Peter K’Obonyo represented the Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Prof Enos Njeru.