Ms Kanabahita is the Director of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, Makerere University, whose mandate is to mainstream gender in the core functions of the University. Ms Kanabahita is spearheading a project that is offering technical support to mainstream gender in four public universities in Uganda. She is a member of the African Universities’ Gender and Research Network that offers technical support to mainstream gender in five other universities in Africa. Ms. Kanabahita was contracted by the Parliament of Uganda to develop a Situational Analysis Report and Gender Policy for Parliament, which she submitted in September 2011. She was a member of the task force that developed the Makerere University Strategic Plan (2008/9 – 2018/19). She was the Vice Chairperson of the Administration and Finance Sub-committee of the University Research, Administration and Finance Reforms ( 2008-2011). Ms. Kanabahita has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, a Master’s Degree in Gender, both from Makerere University. She is currently pursuing an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University.
In 2001, a group of visionary women and men proposed the idea of institutionalizing gender in Makerere University’s functions. That led to the birth of the Gender Mainstreaming Programme, under the Department of the Academic Registrar, where it was nurtured to maturity.
Almost a decade later, Makerere University hailed the growth from the Gender Mainstreaming Division to the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate. This fulfilled Makerere University Strategic Plan’s (2008/9 – 2018/19) commitment to “reposition herself to consolidate the gains made and promote gender equality to a higher level in Makerere University and beyond”.
Indeed, for the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD), 2010 will always be remembered as a year of milestones that propelled the struggle for gender justice to greater heights in Makerere and beyond. Why?
- A spirited two-year advocacy campaign and interesting journey, surmounting obstacles, resistance and backlash to gender advancement, that culminated into the triumphant transformation from Division to Directorate. This has given it a higher status to mainstream gender as a cross-cutting theme in Makerere University’s functions and beyond. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank those men and women who believed in us. We celebrate the success together!
- The Makerere University Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI) that had been supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York came to an end and the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) was launched. Out of 691 females from disadvantaged backgrounds who were supported to study at Makerere University, 639 have so far graduated. This initiative that met a genuine need could not be brought to a halt. The FSF is our ray of hope for the continuity of a worthy cause to make the best and greatest investment that guarantees returns at personal, society and national levels.