Women call for inclusivity in talks involving national issues affecting the country

Kenya women citizen addressing the media on Kenya Political Situation Background in Nairobi. PHOTO: MICHAEL MBUGUA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya women citizens drawn from various regions, political affiliations and professional backgrounds, have called for women inclusivity in the government’s talks that touches on various issues affecting the country.

The issued include: corruption, leadership, decision making, the electoral system and reform of political parties, violence against women, unemployment crisis and corruption.

Speaking to journalist on Monday in Nairobi after Kenya Women’s Consultative Forum on the Kenya Political situation, Head of Crawn Trust Madam Daisy Amdany among other women leaders from various institutions, stated that women need to be recognized and be involved as a sector in all national dialogue process and structures at all levels.

“We commit to rallying towards a more egalitarian and inclusive government where women have meaningful voices at all levels; We appreciate the struggle that preceded the promulgation of the 2010 constitution and the benefits it guarantees women.” She said.

She added that they recognize that many generations of women contributed greatly to achieving the hard-won gains that are enshrined in the constitution of Kenya 2010 and they are committed to safeguarding the gains made for women.

Amdany also said that they want an end to the tolerance of hate speech and called upon Kenya police services, the office of the director of public prosecutions and National Cohesion and integration commission to ensure that perpetrators are brought to account.

They also asked for immediate gazettement and implementation of the Public Benefits of Organization Act of 2013 as adopted, which include 2/3 gender rule in all government positions as well as an immediate halt of the harassment and intimidation of civil society.

They also pointed out that the executive should respect the principle of separation of powers and the independence of the three arms of government to ensure accountability and effective checks and balances.