Gender mainstreaming is key factor in economic growth, First Lady Rachel Ruto says

First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Gender mainstreaming into the national development agenda is an important tool in cementing women contribution to the economy. 

First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto said that incorporating women into the national leadership and governance system will enable their full participation to the country's. 

Acknowledging the pivotal role women play in economic growth of the country, she said availing access to more opportunities, will help amplify their voices in the society. 

She said that gender mainstreaming "breaks down barriers and open doors of opportunity for women to thrive and succeed to every year of life."

One such significant step that our nation has taken is the implementation of policies and programs aimed at expanding access to education and professional training for girls and women across the country.

She spoke on Friday, during the launch of Nyanza Professional Association Of Nyanza (PANY) Women in Nairobi where she donated sh1 million to the group. 

Mama Rachel said "one such significant step that our nation has taken is the implementation of policies and programs aimed at expanding access to education and professional training for girls and women across the country."

"I would like to support the organisation PANY with a small donation because I know you are doing a lot for the women of Nyanza and the women of Kenya. I would like to present Sh1 million to support," she said.

She noted that the government is committed to ensure women empowerment is prioritised in the Kenya Kwanza administration

"Through initiatives such as the Elimu Tukonayo programme, we have seen increased enrollment and retention rates for girls in school and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workplace," she stated. 

The second Lady also pledged her commitment in championing for the boychild welfare and fight against drug abuse that continue to adversely affect the youth. 

In her remarks, Spouse to the Deputy President Dorcas Rigathi said that PANY group confirms women's commitment in supporting gender equity since it sets a clear path in bridging gender disparity. 

PANY chairperson Betty Adera hailed the women for coming together in addressing the challenges that they see as stumbling blocks to their progress. 

"The association recognizes fully that the contribution of women professionals in the region’s development discourse has so far remained minimal. Yet, it is widely acknowledged that if women will play a central role in society, they will bring about social and economic stability," she said. 

Other leaders who graced the inaugural event Gender Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu, Labour CS Florence Bore and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

By AFP 17 hrs ago
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