Kenya has achieved progress toward gender parity – Anna Mutavati

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A United Nations official said Friday that Kenya has made progress in its quest to attain gender parity.

Anna Mutavati, the Country Representative of UN Women in Kenya told a forum in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, that the east African nation has recorded positive milestones in improving the conditions of women due to the presence of political goodwill.

“Gender parity is the right thing to do. If women constitute 50 percent of the population and are left out or marginalized in any aspect of life then the country will not succeed,” Mutavati said during a women business forum organized by Stanbic Bank.

Mutavati observed that Kenya has already enacted legislation that will accelerate equality among the genders.

She added that the country has also made progress in bridging the gender divide in the education sector by expanding the enrollment of girls in learning institutions.

The UN official revealed that Kenya has made significant investments in the health sector and this has improved gender parity by increasing access to health services by women.

“We have seen a reduction in the number of women dying from preventable diseases,” she added.

Mutavati observed that Kenya has prioritized gender parity because it promotes inclusive growth. Enditem

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