The County Government of Uasin Gishu through the Department of Education and Gender on Tuesday hosted a county women’s panel discussion ahead of Wednesday’s International Women’s Day celebrations.
Speaking during the event held at an Eldoret hotel, Uasin Gishu First Lady, Selina Bii, said her office is ready to support initiatives that seek to empower women.
She acknowleded government programs that have greatly improved the position of women in the society, among them programs that finance projects and employment of women to senior offices.
“As the First Lady, I support the County Government in sensitization and implementation of programs that support and empower women in our county,”said Mrs Bii.
She lauded the achievements thus far. “African woman has had a dream and the dream is coming true.”
“As women, we are the neck and the neck holds the head in position to think and make decisions. We are therefore very important,” she added.
County Executive Committee Member for Education and Gender, Dr Janeth Kosgei said the Department is ready to sensitize on the realization of the rights and position of women in society.
“As a County we are set to join the World in celebrating World Women’s Day as a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women,” said Kosgei.
“We thank Governor Jonathan Bii for employing a good number of women in his government,” she said.
She however noted the need for a good representation and empowerment of women at the National and County Governments saying this will bring a transformation in the society.
County Executives Martha Cheruto (Trade and Cooperatives) and ICT’s Eng Lucy Ng’endo said women should take up opportunities in trade and information technology to empower themselves.
Women from different sectors among them the agri-business and leadership of the church were among those who attended the event.