From tree planting to public lectures, the University of Kabianga celebrated its gender-equal student body
July 09, 2019
There are many ways organisations can celebrate International Women's Day, and the University of Kabianga's was particularly unique: planting trees.
So the University of Kabianga joined the rest of the World in celebrating the International Women’s Day. Organized by the Directorate of Gender together with the Gender club of the University of Kabianga, the event was attended by University of Kabianga staff and students and guests from the Kericho’s Women representative office.
The University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor incharge of Academic and Students Affairs, Professor Elijah Omwenga officially opened the event by planting a tree and giving his keynote speech.
Further staff and students planted trees to symbolise making sustainable steps towards attaining the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality. It was also a perfect opportunity to celebrate the University's own #BalanceforBetter - it's 50/50 gender split of student enrollment.
Mr Muchiri Ndung’u from Kenya Women Parliamentary Association was the chief guest of the event and gave his keynote speech on the importance of women in the society and the need to support them. The activities of the day included tree planting, modelling, and dancing among others.
Celebrating IWD through lectures and performances
The University of Kabianga works hard to ensure gender balance through student enrollment, staff recruitment, promotional campaigns, procurement, data collection, policy making and further services delivered at the University.
As well as planting trees, the University marked IWD through a public lecture that discussed gender mainstreaming and equality in other universities nation-wide.
The event also saw groups strike the #BalanceforBetter pose showing their suport for women's equality.
Sustainability and gender equality are deeply connected, and the University of Kabianga's celebration of the two concepts was a great way to mark International Women's Day.