UNESCO Chair in Women and Community Health (125), established in 1998 at the University of Nairobi (Kenya).


Basic education, Health, Women studies.


  • To bridge the gap between basic education and higher education through innovative cultural exchanges among students, parents and communities.
  • Transforming universities from “ivory tower” mentality to towers of hope and strength to communities by providing opportunities for staff and students to give back to society the knowledge they acquire at university.
  • Knowledge and technology transfer between and among institutions that collaborate with the Chair and the University of Nairobi.
  • To achieve the objectives, the Chair has, over the years, endeavored to contribute to sustainable social transformation through action-oriented research, and by working with communities , and their key allies in the field.
  • These include community based organizations, particularly women groups, farmer’s groups, children homes, non-governmental organizations and schools. The Chair works closely with relevant government departments and civil society.

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Education, UNESCO Office in Nairobi.


Professor Judith Bahemuka, UNESCO Chairholder

University of Nairobi , Department of Sociology

University Way

P.O. Box 30197

00100 Nairobi


E-Mail - bahemuka(at)

Phone - 254-20 318262

Fax:254 20 245566