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MMUST Joins in the Commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD)

The First Lady, Kakamega County, Prof. Janet Barasa (center), Vice Chancellor- Prof. Shibairo (left), and other key officials from the county while cutting the cake to mark the IWD celebrations.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Women’s Day (IWD) themed ‘DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’. This event graced by the First Lady, of Kakamega County, Prof. Janet Barasa, was held today, 8th March 2023, at the Kakamega Rehabilitation School. This is the day when we recognize the achievements of women globally, and take stock of our progress toward gender equity. It also offers an opportunity to celebrate the positive spirit of feminine power and the dedication to stand on par with men in society.

While gracing the occasion, the First Lady, of Kakamega County, Prof. Janet Barasa encouraged women to rise above their pains and limits to claim what rightfully belongs to them.

“A woman who breaks the barriers is one who ignores the limits. With the changing technology, I urge you fellow women to adapt to the advancements in digital technology so as to increase the awareness of women and girls regarding their rights and civic engagement,” she added.

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Vice Chancellor- Prof. Shibairo addressing participants at the event.

Speaking during the event, the Vice Chancellor noted that it is important to explore the impacts of the digital gender gap on economic and social inequalities.

“Information has the power to transform lives. As a University, we play a key role in promoting access to information. Let us ignite lasting change by demonstrating the positive impact of female activists in their own communities and beyond,” he said.

The other invited guests from the University present during the celebrations included the Dean, School of Engineering and Built Environment- Prof. Bernadette Sabuni, the Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences- Dr., Rose Auma, the Director, of Corporate Communications and Marketing- Dr. Lydia Anyonje and UASU-MMUST Chapter Treasurer, Dr. Angeline Savala.

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A section of officials from the County Government of Kakamega during the IWD celebrations.

Indeed such forums offer an opportunity for women's empowerment in society. The world has shifted towards a counterbalanced society with equal rights for both genders. The suppression of women is no longer a personal matter as stringent laws have been formulated to handle hindrances to the progress of womankind. Developing women's competencies and ensuring equal access to all fields of education widens their talents and perspectives, enabling them to compete for new jobs in the growing green economy on an equal basis with men.

By Linet Owuor

Photos by Shiundu Masafu

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