, NAIROBI, Kenya, OCT 15 – Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has made her maiden address to the world’s parliamentarians after clinching the Presidency of the Forum for Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
In line with the Assembly’s umbrella theme of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kihika who is the Senate Majority Whip urged parliamentarians present to ensure that innovation in science and technology advances gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
“As parliamentarians, we have to adapt to change and ensure technological progress impacts positively on women and girls,” said Kihika.
She also impressed upon her international colleagues the importance of ensuring women and girls thrive in the technology sector as creators, developers and decision-makers.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka who is leading the Kenyan delegation to the 139th IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland congratulated Kihika on her rise to helm of the Women’s Forum noting that she has earned Kenya’s Parliament another feather in its parliamentary diplomacy cap.
“With me in the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the IPU and my counterpart Speaker Muturi being Chair of CPA Africa Region’s ExCo, and now Senator Kihika in the Presidency of the Women’s Forum – Kenya’s parliamentary diplomatic positioning is not only strong, but also enviable,” said Lusaka.
Kenya has embraced parliamentary diplomacy is an alternative form of diplomacy that is increasing in popularity; because it supplements traditional diplomacy which has been used by the Executive.
Lusaka observed the soft power the community of legislators applies in influencing foreign policy through diplomatic lobbying could bear great impact.
The Kenyan delegation to the IPU also comprises Nominated Senator Agnes Zani, Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Haika Mizighi (Taita Taveta County Women Rep), Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East), Charles Njagua (Starehe) and Joyce Emanikor (Turkana County Woman Representative).