Nairobi 3rd March 2022
Nairobi City County Gender Department in collaboration with other partners today held International Women’s day commemorations themed ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ at Hilton hotel.
The day was marked with women aspirants emphasizing on breaking the bias.
Key areas of discussion included; the role of state agencies in addressing barriers to women’s political participation, role of political parties in enhancing women participation in politics and the role of civil society actors in promoting accountability of state agencies on electoral safety.
Nairobi County Government Executive in charge of Gender Department Ms. Lucia Mulwa who is also the Co-Chair Gender Working Group Committee in Nairobi County alongside the Nairobi County Commissioner Ms. Flora Mworoa, stressed that women issues is everyone’s business and can not be coordinated by one organization alone.
Ms. Lucia said that the County Government is working on construction of a safe house for survivors of sexual and gender based violence in the county.
Said Ms. Lucia,” if we ensure no woman goes through violence and empower them financially, nothing will stop them from being in leadership. I call upon all stakeholders to work together, achieve together and celebrate together”. In November, 2021, the then Deputy Governor and Acting Governor, Ann Kananu, signed into law the Sexual Gender Based Violence ( SGBV) Bill at City Hall Nairobi. Governor Kananu said the bill sought to establish an interconnected reporting and referral system that would guide survivors on where to seek help. “It’s overall role is to accelerate efforts towards the elimination of all forms of GBV in Nairobi County and ensure perpetrators are severely punished.” Said Governor Kananu.
Different speakers present urged women to move from their comfort zones and position themselves for political and leadership positions in the country.
The event was attended by Nairobi County Women Representative Hon. Esther Passaris, Nairobi County Commissioner Flora Mworoa, County Department of Gender Officers, State Department of Gender representatives, NMS representatives, representatives from Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), various gender stakeholders and women political aspirants from different political parties.