- Gender Cabinet Secretary to spearhead women empowerment at UN headquarters in New York
- The CS says empowering women is empowering the nation
- She says she will also discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is the key global policy document on gender equality
Financial inclusion will help empower women, thereby supporting the country’s economic growth, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs, Sicily Kariuki has said.
Speaking when she hosted over 70 delegates who will represent Kenya at 61st Commission of Status of Women (CSW) in New York later this month, the CS ascertained that she will wholeheartedly support the empowerment of women at the forum.
“The Commission convenes a two-week session annually at the UN headquarters in New York where the focus is on critical areas of gender equality and the empowerment of Women. CSW brings together representatives of the UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities,” said CS Kariuki.
She said they will also discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is the key global policy document on gender equality.
“Kenya heads to the CSW as transformers and not conformists. We go to share our successful ideas that are transforming our country and at the same time we strive to harvest brilliant progressive plans that will transform and address our challenges,” she said.
This year’s Session of the CSW is the second Session to be held since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 in which Kenya took part.
Kenya has been participating annually at various Sessions of the CSW. This year, the Ministry of Public Service, Youth, and Gender Affairs is spearheading the preparations for the country’s participation.
“The main theme of the 2017 CSW – ‘Women Economic Empowerment in the changing world of work’ is a critical opportunity for the Commission to identify the key enabling conditions. It will also allow for the provision of concrete guidance for the implementation and the achievement of Planet 50-50 by the year 2030,” Kariuki noted.
During the sessions, Kenya will support financial inclusion geared at facilitating empowerment of grassroots women in the changing world as well as harnessing efforts to end gender-based violence (GBV).
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