Universität Innsbruck

Wambui Ann Gathu-Fink, MA

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Portrait Wambui Gathu

seit 01/2020 | Kollegiatin des Doktoratskollegs „Geschlecht und Geschlechterverhältnisse in Transformation: Räume – Relationen – Repräsentationen“ der Forschungsplattform Center Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung Innsbruck an der Universität Innsbruck

30.01.2018 | Auszeichnung mit dem GENDER FEM PREIS 2017 der LFUI für Qualifizierungsarbeiten in den Bereichen Gender Studies, Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung für Masterarbeit  A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Gender-based Violence in Kenya: Intimate Partner Violence and Female Genital Cutting in Perspective (Masterstudium Geschlecht, Kultur und Sozialer Wandel).

seit 2015 |Doktorandin an der Fakultät für Soziale und Politische Wissenschaften der Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck

2015 - 2017 |Interfakultäres Masterstudium „Gender, Kultur und sozialer Wandel“ an der Universität Innsbruck. Masterarbeit: „A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Gender-based Violence in Kenya: Intimate Partner Violence and Female Genital Cutting in Perspective“

2011 - 2013 | Masterstudium International Healthcare Management am Management Centre Innsbruck (MCI). Masterarbeit: "Family Planning and Women’s Empowerment: The Impact of Family Planning on Women’s Empowerment in Kenya"


"Gender and Health Inequities in Kenya: A Case study of Sexual and Reproductive Health Inequities in Kenya."

Women in Kenya constitute the majority of the poor, and bear the heaviest burden of pregnancy, and childbirth related deaths, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, HIV/AIDS, Cervical cancer and infertility. Drawing on a critical Postcolonial feminist lens, this Case Study argues that dominant discourses, and interventions often reflect erroneous assumptions about the root causes of sexual and reproductive health inequities, by elucidating how structural factors including patriarchy, a colonial legacy, religion, NGO’s, and neoliberal ideology, and economics, intersect to influence policy, and legislation in Kenya. Power asymmetries, and knowledge production, that result in a global racialization of sexual and reproductive health discourse, will also be examined. Empirically, qualitative interviews will be used to explore the role of women in leadership positions, as agents of change in health policymaking process, while the Critical Framework Analysis (CFA) will be used to analyse the discursive power dynamics that shape policymaking in Kenya, including the relevant actors, problem presentation, and solutions.


  • Postcolonial Feminism and African Feminism
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Body Politics
  • Intersectionality


Mail: Wambui.Gathu@student.uibk.ac.at

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