Gender inclusion in development: findings from the Kenya Afrobarometer Survey

Gender equality
Event Date: 
11 Apr 2017
  Prof. Winnie V. Mitullah is currently the Director, Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi and an Associate Research Professor of Development Studies.

Gender inclusion is a principle globally acknowledged in development by UN agencies, regional and national governments. Although the principle is operationalised through policy, legal provisions and programmes in most jurisdictions, experience across regions and countries vary with the Africa continent lagging behind in achieving gender equality. The 2016 African Human Development Report notes that `gender equality for African women and girls is still far from satisfactory’. It is this gap that justifies research, monitoring, and evaluation on how the principle of gender inclusion is being implemented by governments. The Afrobarometer survey Round 7 which will inform the seminar is one of the tools that measure gender inclusion through public attitude surveys.

There are many theories on gender and gender inclusion. However, gender as a social structure assists in understanding how gender is embedded in the individual, interactional, and institutional dimensions; and how the creation of difference is the very foundation on which inequality rests. The paper raises questions related to women’s right to own and inherit land, election of women to political office and women’s political and civic engagement. Analysis of these issues reveal that Kenyans see gains in gender equality, but support for women’s empowerment is still uneven. This undermines many programmes aimed at integrating the principle of gender inclusion in development agendas and policy dialogues.  

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Venue: International Institute of Social Studies, Room 3.14

Time: 16:15 - 17:30