Magazine / Gender Matters
Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 17:58 EATbmulu@kenyafreepress.com
Lawyer Esther Waweru has urged Kenya’s women to be conversant with the country’s constitution in order to understand their rights. The lawyer said that women’s low levels of understanding their rights make the rights to be violated by their male counterparts in the country. “Women’s rights are not a token we are given. It is our rights,” she said, and urged participants at a workshop in Kitui Town to press for the rights.
The lawyer said that the constitution’s requirements for two-third gender rule had given Kenya's women empowerment to deal with a lot of challenges that they are facing as women. She was lecturing participants during a skills training seminar organised for Kitui County’s women group leaders by the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREA) at the Kitui Parkside Villa Hotel in Kitui Town.
The expert said the Kenya government had come up with some policies to empower the women in the country and she cited the Uwezo Fund and Women Enterprise Fund, in addition to domesticating international treaties that empower women.
Ms Waweru, who is a consultant for CREA, asked women to support their fellow women for their own good and for the good of Kenya as a whole since women were the majority in the population. She said that it is good to have the women in the country’s political leadership.
The topics covered in the training were gender equality and sensitisation, legislative and policy framework for women leadership, communication skills, public speaking and relations and accountability, leadership and integrity among others. Other lecturers included Caroline Kioko from the CREA.
Boniface is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Kitui County