Institute of Women Gender and Development Studies

The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies(IWGDS) was established in 1991 as the Centre for Women Studies and Gender Analysis to address and respond to the demands and challenges faced by female students in their pursuit for academic excellence. The concept was mooted as a result of pressure from female students with unique gender concerns on campus to have them addressed by the University. Some of the grievances included unwanted pregnancies, sexual harassment, student leadership representation as well as underrepresentation in science based curriculum such as Engineering and Medicine courses. In addition, there was need to create a forum not just for socialization but also for debates and discourses on gender issues. In May 1992 the Centre was formally launched and placed under the general authority of an advisory committee. Later, it was approved by Egerton University and in the Country’s development plan to carry out research, training and outreach programmes, under the Division of Research and Extension. The Centre has since been up-graded to the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies with full mandate to offer academic programmes under the Academic Division.