Kenya on Wednesday pledged to promote gender parity in the workplace.
Rachel Shebesh, Chief Administrative Secretary of Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs told journalists in Nairobi that Kenya is keen to seek a remedy for the traditional exclusion of women and promote their full involvement in every aspect of growth and development both in the private and public sectors.
“As the government, we will play a decisive role in accelerating progress toward gender parity through legislation, fiscal measures, programmatic change, and public-private partnerships,” Shebesh said during the launch of the Gender Equality in Workplace Report that accesses 60 leading companies on workplace equality.
She said that women’s voices have to be heard at the highest levels of decision making and women will not be able to effectively do their job without political backing.
The challenges that constrain women are many. “Women and girls living in rural areas spend long hours collecting water and firewood. This and other household chores limit school attendance and work options.
They also have less access to land tenure, education, and employment opportunities,” she observed.
Shebesh said all forms of gender inequality need to be tackled, but, given the magnitude of the gap and limitations on resources, it is important for partnerships with the private sector. Enditem