Advocation On Gender Equality

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In a conference which was launched on Monday 25th November 2019 the First lady said she supports the removal of barriers preventing women and girls from realizing their full potential.

The First Lady spoke at the high-level segment of the ongoing 2019 Global Gender Summit in Kigali, an event that that was also addressed by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and his Ethiopian counterpart Sahle-Work Zewde.

To address some of those challenges, the First Lady said the Kenyan government took pro-women affirmative actions including the establishment of the Women’s Enterprise Fund that has enhanced women’s access to capital to run businesses.

She said the Kenyan government also established the “Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO)”, program where 30 percent of all government procurement opportunities are set aside for women owned enterprises, the youth and persons with disability.

“Economic empowerment allows women to participate in decision making at the household levels. Eliminating these financial bottlenecks has transformed families and communities,” the First Lady said.

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Timothy Omondi