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Policy panels on gender and public procurement and unpaid care work in East Africa

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Two policy panels in Nairobi, Kenya and online will discuss women’s participation in government procurement and unpaid care work. Hosted by the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women-East Africa initiative and Partnership for Economy Policy, the panels bring together policymakers and experts to discuss these two key areas related to women’s economic empowerment.


October 3, 2022
11:00 am EAT (8:00 UTC)

Broadening women’s participation in public procurement: Good policies, good practices

Despite efforts to make government purchasing policies more accessible, women-owned enterprises win less than 1% of contracts. In this panel, government procurement policymakers, implementers, representatives of women-owned businesses and civil society will explore the challenges facing women-owned enterprises and recommendations to address the inequalities in government procurement.


  • Benson Turamye, Executive Director, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority, Uganda
  • Polycarp Oduol, Senior Officer, Public Procurement Regulatory Authority, Kenya
  • Mary Muthoni, President, Women In Business, National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kenya
  • Ruth Kiraka, Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Strathmore University, Kenya
  • Elizabeth Obanda, Economic Empowerment - Team Lead, UN Women, Kenya Country Office

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October 4, 2022
11:00 am EAT (8:00 UTC)

Why should we care about unpaid care work?

The unpaid care work that disproportionately falls to women limits their opportunities and choices in life and drives gender gaps in paid work. Despite the urgent need for action, policy responses have been inadequate. In this panel, leading experts, practitioners, and policymakers will discuss solutions for addressing women’s unpaid care burdens, including evidence-based findings from research in East Africa.


  • Juliana Akoryo Naumo, Director of Gender and Community, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Devevelopment, Uganda
  • Patricia Kitsao-Wekulo, Associate Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
  • Lina Moraa, Program Manager, Women Rights and Governance, ActionAid Kenya
  • Oganga Caneble, Program Specialist-Gender Statistics Advisor, UN Women, Kenya Country Office

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