Kibabii University members joined distinguished members of Bungoma county in celebrating International Women’s day on 8th March 2021 at Sudi Stadium, Nzoia from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Gender and Culture together with the National Government Affirmative Action’s Fund under the theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”
In attendance was Governor, County Government of Bungoma H.E. Hon. Wycliffe Wangamati, Members of Parliament, Sub Counties women leadership groups, Kibabii University fraternity and members of the general public.
In commemoration of the day, the Ministry of Gender and Culture established gender technical working groups in every Sub County which will help to enhance collaboration among stakeholders, eradicate gender based violence and establish a database on gender issues. The working groups will also advocate for women’s rights and realize gender equality for development. In delivering this mandate, the National Government Affirmative Action’s Fund together with the Ministry of Gender and Culture are working to ensure women are rightfully empowered by;
- Ensuring women’s full and effective participation in decision making at leadership levels including political and economic levels.
- Eliminating violence in communities for girls and women to thrive in a peaceful environment.
- Strengthening women’s organizations to start a healthy nation which acknowledges both genders.
- Ensuring proportionate and adequate representation of women both in the Executive and County Assemblies.
In her speech, Kibabii University’s Dr. Catherine Wabwire urged women to fight for their rights as there is no tool for development more effective than women. “Women’s rights to sit at the decision making table is not negotiable as they bring with them unique experiences, perspectives and irreplaceable contributions in policy making and good governance,” she said.