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Grace Mose







Dr. Grace B. Mose Okong'o

Degree from Our Department
M.A., 2003

Where is she now?
Faculty and Diversity Trainer in Gender and Development at Kenyatta University, Kenya and Founder of the Hope Foundation for African Women (HFAW) <>
What can you do with a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?
For me the degree completely changed my life. It provides so many opportunities. The world is full of problems to which a WSS degree can provide answers. I can’t think of any profession that cannot accommodate it. Ask yourself this question: What profession does not need to evaluate issues through a gender lens? The world now agrees that as long as women are left out, there can be no real development. So this degree can take someone to law, social work, health jobs, all social- science related professions but more so in all science-related careers such as engineering, technology, math etc. because that is where women are most discriminated against, and someone with a gender perspective has to bring sense to those professions.

Someone with this degree can also do social justice work. HFAW is core to my existence because it fulfills the dreams that drove me to WSS in the first place. HFAW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2011 to empower marginalized women living in rural Kenya through economic development, advocacy for gender equality and reproductive health, and advancement of human rights. HFAW cultivates women’s strengths and talents through participatory strategies and collective action to foster sustainable development, and enable women to become equal participants in their families and communities. To support this work, please go to our fundraising site:

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