KEWOPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS CS, HON. AISHA JUMWA TO DISCUSS GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
KEWOPA Executive Committee led by the Chairperson, Kajiado county MP, Hon, Leah Sankaire, paid a courtesy call on the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Public Service, Affirmative Action and Gender Hon. Aisha Jumwa on 6th July, 2023 to discuss on various matters pertaining to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.
Among the key issues that the meeting addressed was the allocation and access of free sanitary towels for girls in both primary and secondary schools. The budget of the sanitary towels was initially allocated to the ministry of Education and was now moved to the State Department of Gender which Cs, Aisha Jumwa Oversees. The KEWOPA Executive committee and the CS agreed to fast track the roll out of the national free sanitary towels programme, which will help keep girls in school and fight period poverty.
The meeting also conveyed strategies to eliminate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as well as well as the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the society. They resolved to liase with MPs whosw counties are affected so as to run remedial campaigns at county level.
The chairperson of the Association, Hon. Leah Sankaire undertook to work with the state Department of gender in its programmes to ensure there is inclusion of youth, women and persons living with disability (PLWD)