KNA The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) has urged Njuri Ncheke elders to include and support women in order to achieve gender equality.
At a meeting held at Chuka University yesterday, the elders were sensitized on the importance of gender inclusion as a key concept in ensuring services and opportunities are open to all people.
Speaking during the meeting, National Gender and Equality Commission CEO Ms. Betty Sungura Nyabuo appreciated the role played by men in the county and urged Njuri Ncheke elders to embrace women leadership.
She added that as a commission their aim was to ensure equality among special interest groups which include women, youth, persons with disabilities (PWDs), children, the elderly, minorities and the marginalized.
Ms. Sungura revealed that in partnership with Humanity and Inclusion, a European based organization, they have been able to address critical issues facing special interest groups in the county.
She encouraged the elders to work together with women to achieve economic prosperity in the region. “We want to focus on men and together we will help each other to look at this matter of gender and equality. Gender is not only women but both men and women and how they can work together,” she emphasized.
Ms. Sungura encouraged men to speak out on issues affecting them to ensure they are not left out in the process.
The CEO strongly discouraged Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) decrying its long-term consequences on the health of the girl-child and lauded government’s resolve to eradicate the vice by 2022.
NGEC vice chairman Dr. Chomba Wamunyi echoed Ms. Sungura’s sentiments and urged the elders to support women in politics and leadership.
The vice chairman also advised them to empower the youth to enable them become responsible leaders in future.