Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira is a professor of Literature at the University of Nairobi and Director of the African Women Studies Centre. She is a writer, a literary critique, and a gender and policy analyst. She has taught oral literature for many years, carried out field work in many parts of the country and published widely. Her first publication done in 1984 has been translated in many languages and set the pace in the field of oral literature in our schools and in the region. Her latest publication in oral literature was in 2010. It is titled Re-claiming My Dreams. There are many other publications in between. She is also an expert in Eastern Africa and West African Literature where her focus has been on the broad areas of leadership, colonialism, ideology, philosophy of leadership, women in Literature, the role of the people in social transformation, nationalism, change and transformation, corruption, exploitation, among others in addition to theoretical and conceptual issues. She also addresses issues of style, language the writers use and the whole area of literary dis-course in her publications. She specializes in African American, Caribbean literature and Black Aesthetics: This has been her area of expertise for over three decades. She has taught at the undergraduate and post graduate levels and has contributed to the teaching of this course and supervised post graduate students at masters and PhD levels. She has also contributed to the development of literary criticism by reviewing manuscripts for publishers and writers including famous writers such as Ngugi wa Thiong’o.


She is an expert in policy analysis and evidence-based policy advocacy. She has worked with policy makers and civil society organization and brought her academic expertise to the national and regional levels. She has been a gender advisor in IGAD and national parliamentary committees. She has developed research analysis tools such as ABC of gender analysis, people-oriented planning tools, gender analysis frameworks, among others. ABC of gender analysis has been useful in literary analysis and discourse even in the field of literature. Prof Kabira has published widely in the field of Literature as well as gender and women studies. She has over 100 publications in the form of books, chapters, journal articles and creative writing. One of her most notable books is A Letter to Mariama Ba, which was a response to So Long a Letter, a book written by Mariama Ba. Professor Kabira also has written many books about women and gender issues some of which include: Our Secret Lives; They Have Destroyed the Temple; Celebrating Women’s Resistance; The Oral Artist.


She was a Commissioner and a Vice Chair of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission and has documented the role of women and their gains in her book Time for Harvest: Women and Constitution Making in Kenya - 1992 to 2010. Prof Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira has worked with and has led various women’s organizations in Africa. She has been awarded the national honor of Chief of the Burning Spear and Elder of the Burning Spear.


In collaboration with our partners, be thought leader in each of the four work cluster areas, which are Affirmative Action Funds and entrepreneurship; Women in formal and informal employment; Child care and women’s work; and Women’s movement and policy advocacy for WEE. Drawing from a multi-disciplinary team of scholars in economics, women’s studies, law, business studies and development studies, the hub will produce foundation research to understand what matters for women’s economic empowerment and understand pathways that enable women’s work. It will provide expertise to policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders in these four program areas. The WEE Hub will work collaboratively with civil society, the women’s movement and relevant government departments to generate cutting edge data to strengthen generation and use of evidence to advance WEE and gender equality in Kenya, which will be used to provide innovative policy and research ideas in the four cluster areas


Women in formal and informal employment

Affirmative Action funds and Entrepreneurship

Child care and women’s work

Women's movement and policy advocacy for women’s economic empowerment