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BY PSCU/KORIR JUMA,18TH MAY 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will continue to run an administration in which gender equality and fairness are at the core of its pursuits.
Taking note of the approaching General Election, President Kenyatta called on those who will be elected to support the two-third gender rule, as he assured the Judiciary of full backing by the Executive in its efforts to entrench gender equity.
“I will urge the Legislature and the political class that occupies it to be similarly engaged with your great mission – particularly on the issue of gender in representation, and the two-third rule,” President Kenyatta said.
He was speaking in Nairobi when he officially opened the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) Regional Conference hosted by the Kenya Women Judges Association (KWJA).
“I am convinced to reach Africa’s shining destiny of prosperity and security for all, we must simply have women as equal partners in leading and governing ourselves,” President Kenyatta said.
He emphasised that girls must have the same opportunity and protection as boys, saying economic freedom must know no gender.
“We are headed in that direction and I am proud to say that my Administration will continue to pull hard to lead in this regard, and to listen closely to women from all walks of life,” he said.
“That is why I have insisted that my administration must further the cause of gender equality, and the empowerment of women in particular,” the President said.
He cited the establishment of a fully-fledged State Department of Gender Affairs, the funding of initiatives to equalize socio-economic opportunities for women such as the Women Enterprise Fund and the Uwezo Fund as some of his Administration’s efforts to entrench gender equality and women empowerment.