First Lady roots for women empowerment

August 20, 2013 6:54 am
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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is welcomed by the President of the All China Women's Federation Shen Yueyue to the Great  Hall of the People in Beijing China/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is welcomed by the President of the All China Women’s Federation Shen Yueyue to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China/PSCU
BEIJING, China Aug 20 – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged Kenya and China to take concrete steps to protect women and children’s interests.

She urged various organizations championing the rights of women and children in China and Kenya to start exchange programmes to enable women to gain from diverse experiences.

She was speaking at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China when she paid a courtesy call on the President of All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), Shen Yue Yue.

Shen is also the Vice-President of the National People’s Congress (NPC).

“Women leaders must focus on issues that affect their members at the grassroots so that they can help them build a prosperous society,” the First Lady said.

She invited Chinese women leaders to visit Kenya’s tourist attractions such as the annual Wildebeest Migration in Maasai Mara that is renowned globally.

Shen said though women in China are still facing daunting challenges, they had made progress in various fields.

She highlighted women enrolment in both primary and secondary level education that stood at 90pc while that of university level stood at 46pc.

She added that China and Kenya are celebrating their 50th year of bilateral cooperation which gives the two countries a chance to review the progress made so far and reflect on future challenges.

She called on the two countries to strengthen their cooperation in the cultural, educational, women empowerment, health, environmental protection and business areas.

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