Freshers to get tips on safe sex and free condoms
Female students joining universities will be trained on reproductive health from next year.
Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing University Academic Staff Union national delegates conference in Mombasa, Women Caucus secretary June Mwajuma said women scholars are consulting experts on plans to launch a reproductive health knowledge pool programme for all universities.
“First year students are often shocked by the newfound freedom at universities. Some of them experience a one-on-one interaction with men for the first time,” Ms Mwajuma said on Thursday.
Through the programme, she said, female students would be provided with free contraceptives such as female condoms.
She said they would also persuade counties to offer female students jobs during vacations to shield them from prostitution.
She noted that despite the increasing number of female students admitted to universities, the gains would eventually be watered down if they are unable to manage their reproductive health.
Ms Mwajuma said Unicef had shown interest in funding the programme.