The President says empowering women will bring positive change and bridge gender gap
On the 13th August 2015
President Uhuru Kenyatta encouraged qualified women to take up leadership roles to boost gender equity.
Speaking during the official opening of the Nairobi +30 and launch of two-third gender principal campaign at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) Uhuru said women, who constitute more than 50 per cent of the country’s population, will bring about positive change in the country.
“Development cannot be rapid and resilient unless it is also inclusive and equitable. It must respect the dignity of all by involving them closely, given that half of humanity are women,” he said.
“Women empowerment is a must, not an option and no gender equity no development, thus women must be given the prominence that they so rightfully deserve.”
President Uhuru also urged women to lobby for the two-third gender rule, saying it will boost gender equality thus lead to economic empowerment.
The Nairobi +30 commemorates 30 years since Kenya first hosted the Third World Conference on women. The first world conference on women was held in Mexico in 1975.
The meeting also commemorated the Third World Conference on Women held in Kenya in 1985. “Any delay of empowerment of women is a delay of the development of the Nation,” he said.
Uhuru emphasized the need for women empowerment, saying it will settle women’s inclusion and gender equality in the country.
He said although progress in the empowerment of women has been slow and uneven across the globe, Kenya has been at the forefront in facilitating gender equality.
“While Kenya’s current Cabinet consists of 31 per cent female ministers, six out of 18and at county level, women account for 6 per cent of elected MCAs. Although there no female governor, female deputy governors make up 19 per cent while more than a third of County Commissioners are women,” he said.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru lauded Kenya’s progress in women empowerment, saying there are increased enrollments of women in schools to their participation in all scopes of development.