June 26, 2020 @ 10:30 – June 26, 2020 @ 12:30

Friday 26 June, 10:30 - 12:30 Nairobi time

In March 2018, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive-Director of UN-Habitat, Mr. Erik Solheim, former Executive Director of UN Environment (UNEP), and Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, former Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), officially launched the International Gender Champions hub in Nairobi, Kenya. However, due to the departure of both Mr. Solheim and Ms. Zewde, establishing the Nairobi Hub was put on hold.
With the arrival of the new Executive Director of UNEP, Ms. Inger Andersen, and the Director-General of UNON, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura, the three agencies with the support of Ms. Marta Eugenia Juarez Ruiz, Ambassador of Costa Rica to Kenya and Roger Yates , Regional Director Plan International, collaborated once again to soft-launch the Nairobi hub during a workshop held in November 2019. 

The official launch of the Nairobi hub had been scheduled in March 2020 at the UN Complex in Nairobi, as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations. However, the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. necessitated the postponement of the launch and a shift to a virtual platform. As such, the launch of the Nairobi hub will now take place as an e-launch, on Friday 26 June, 2020 from 10:30AM to 12:30PM EAT. The event will be hosted via the GoToMeeting platform. Setting up an official hub in Nairobi in collaboration with the UN agencies based in Kenya, the diplomatic community and other leaders with a vibrant commitment to promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality, will mobilize enough momentum to enable us, together, to make gender parity a reality.

Read the concept note of the event here.

Contact persons:

  • Janet Kabeberi-Macharia, Head Gender and Safeguards Unit, email address janet.macharia@un.org
  • Angela Mwai, OIC, Human Rights and Social Inclusion Unit, email address angela.mwai@un.org
  • Daphne Bukirwa, Gender and Safeguards Officer, email address daphne.bukirwa@un.org