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Insecurity a mockery to women

27 November 2014, 14:02 Jane Zack

Busia - Busia women are saddened by the state of insecurity in the country terming it a mockery to women.

Speaking after a two-day women workshop at a Busia Hotel, the women said they were tired of all the inhuman happenings around them.

In a statement read by Busia County Assembly Women Caucus chair Rachel Omollo, the women reminded President Uhuru Kenyatta that the agonizing state of security was a mockery to women.

"Women are the biggest losers as families are left without caretakers and women are left widowed. If the government cares about women as it has promised before then it should do something about the ever deteriorating state of security," they said.

Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong, opened the workshop that was also attended by Busia women representative Florence Mutua, Speaker Bernard Wamalwa and Baringo County MCA Beatrice Changwony.

The Women's Democracy Network workshop was sponsored by International Republic Institute. It attracted women with leadership positions in the County.

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"Today as we join the rest of the world and the country, our hearts are aching at the reflection of the theme: from peace in the home to peace in the world: let's challenge militarism and end violence against women.

"We shall continue pushing the women's agenda in the County and beyond and keen to see gender responsive budgeting done to enable women access more educational, agricultural and reproductive health opportunities, safety among many other issues," said the Governor.

They said the political arena in the County and the country at large shall not be shaped without the active involvement and engagement of women.

The reiterated that although they are constrained by resources, they will not give up.

"We shall continue to lobby and spearhead key agenda to benefit the women of Busia.

"We are deeply horrified by the stories of women being raped and undressed in public. It is tormenting us to a point that we are afraid to walk freely in our own country.

"We appeal to the police and every member of the public to be a woman's care taker. We shall not prosper as a country if women who form a multitude of the Kenyan population are endangered by violence.

"It is a threat to the economy of our country and a disorganization of the gains of women that have been realized in the recent past," they said.

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