Govt to launch two-thirds gender rule campaign
10 August 2015, 12:35
Nairobi - Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru has said the campaign for two-thirds gender rule will be officially launched during the Nairobi +30 Conference this week.
Waiguru said the government is very committed in ensuring that the constitutional provision is safeguarded.
“We have made proposals and a bill is in Parliament and we hope we will be able to agree on the way forward, to ensure the implementation of that provision of the constitution,” Waiguru said in an interview on a local TV station.
She admitted that it is not easy for women to get top posts in government, and urged them to keep fighting for posts.
“It is very tough but we cannot give up. I encourage all women to be brave and give credit to our predecessors who paid a certain price in their days for us to be here today.
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“We are also paying the price for the girls who are coming after us until when gender equality will be achieved in Kenya,” the CS said.
According to Waiguru, the representation of women has moved from 9.9 to 24 percent in one election cycle and they intend to increase it up to the required 30 percent.
“We are still below the 30 percent target, but I know we will get there soon,” Waiguru said.
The Nairobi +30 Conference will be held at Kenyatta International Convention Center on August 13 and August 14.
It brings together ministers responsible for gender and women affairs from the 54 African countries.
The theme of the conference is “Making Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship a reality for women in Africa.”
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