NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) is encouraging women to seek elective seats in the 2017 elections.
Speaking during a ceremony where they were celebrating innovation in the 47 counties, NGEC Chairperson Winfred Lichuma said they have a strategy for women to be elected in 2017.
“We must cut the rule of gender inequality, it is through democratic representation that women’s interests can be represented and their voices heard,” she said.
Lichuma also said if the constitutional rule of having three quarters of elective seats being women is not implemented Parliament will be termed as unconstitutional. She went ahead to emphasise that women are still under-represented in elected positions.
“We must make efforts to leave no one behind, a woman can also be a President, social relationships between women and men must be made,” she said.
Nominated Senator Judith Sijeny who was also in attendance encouraged and congratulated the women from the different counties for the good job they have been doing in helping the nation grow.
“Women are agents of ensuring there is no poverty and no hunger because they work so hard,” she said.
She also indicated that she will be vying to be the Langata Member of Parliament next year.
Gender Permanent Secretary Zeinab Hussein was the chief guest encouraged women to use the Uwezo Funds, Youth Fund and that for People with Disability to improve their living standards.
She mentioned that Sh21 billion has already been used by women and they have started their own businesses.
“There are still more funds that can enable women to build themselves and all they need to do is register with the Uwezo fund,” she said.
Hussein said they will create a platform where women from different counties will be able to interact with each other, share ideas as well as access products all over.
She urged the women to vie for seats to bridge the gender inequality gap.