Taita Taveta County has joined all nations of the globe to mark International Women’s Day, under the theme ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. ‘
In an event sponsored by ActionAid and co-ran by National Government, County Government of Taita-Taveta, World Vision, Kenya Red Cross Society KRCS, NGAAF, Haki Africa, Taita Taveta Human Rights Watch, Sauti Ya Wanawake chapters, Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industries KNCCI, National Police Service, had its main agenda being initiating a Gender Mainstreaming Policy.
ActionAid Coordinator Pauline Atieno reflected on gains women have made in fighting Gender-Based Violence GBV and the importance of being in search of equal opportunities in leadership positions.
“ This is vital for economic empowerment of women for a sustainable livelihood,” Atieno remarked.
Director Youths, Sports, Gender Culture and Social Services Wallace Mwaluma noted that under H.E. Governor Granton Samboja’s regime there have been major milestones achieved in mainstreaming gender issues through the passing of various policies.
“This would include the Sexual Gender-Based Violence SGBV Policy, the Child Welfare Protection Policy and also the Anti Female Genital Mutilation FGM policy,” he added.
Mr Mwaluma added that under this incumbent administration women have been reached at the rural level by starting Taita Taveta Women Sacco to boost entrepreneurship.
“Women groups have also received loans to boost economic empowerment,” he added.
The ActionAid Coordinator concluded by reiterating that their projects like Women Economic Empowerment WEE in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have reached the grassroots level of women in efforts of poverty alleviation.