Gender Disparities in Kenya


Owano, Nancy Abwalaba. 2014. “Gender Disparities in Kenya.” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 4 (2): 298–312.

Author: Nancy Abwalaba Owano


Gender issues have continued to play a key role in the formulation of sector wide public policy, worldwide. It is notable that gender gaps in many developing countries remain a challenge in the education sector. The purpose of policies is to guide action towards some identified practical goals; policies lose meaning when they remain unimplemented. Moreover, it is important to understand the process of policy formulation and implementation because it is crucial to the final outcomes. In contemporary education theory and practice, feminist thought provides invaluable direction on gender policies that seek to enhance inclusiveness and equality in education so that it does not discriminate against girls and women or any minority groups. This paper will, therefore, provide an overview use of gender budgeting as an important tool in the hands of the state to eliminate gender disparities from educational perspective against feminist theoretical frameworks. The purpose of the study is to establish the impact of gender budgeting on accessibility to quality education by the girl child. The study identified a wide range of factors that have led to gender disparities in Kenya and reveals that significant positive changes have been realized in the education sector although a lot more is required.


Keywords: gender, gap, responsive budget, policy

Topics: Education, Gender, Gender Budgeting Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Kenya

Year: 2014

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