Lets side step the 1/3 Gender rule, and go directly for the elective posts Ngilu urges women
By Gabriel Ndeleva/Yoana kim
Governor Charity Ngilu on Tuesday urged women to fight for their space within leadership circles, Speaking at Women Building Bridges for Kenya Pre- conference in a Nairobi Hotel, The Governor reminded women that the space they are seeking must be fought for.
Kitui Governor who was a panelist at the meeting cautioned the women present that no one will give away their positions at the decision making table for them, adding that women have to push someone out of the table for the voice of women to be heard.
Quoting the late Captain Thomas Sankara, former President of Bukina Faso, she said: ” ‘There’s no true social revolution without liberation of women’, so lets come up with strategies to move this country ahead, with Women holding the steering wheel of development”
“We should not ask for the two thirds gender rule to be implemented for us, lets let them keep it and we go for for the elective seats. Lets unite for we all suffer the same challenges, irrespective of where we come from ” She added.
Others in the panel were Governors Anne Waiguru and Joyce Laboso, Mama Idda Odinga, CS Ministry of Public Service,Youth and Gender affairs Margret Kobia and the Swedish Ambassador to Kenya Anna Jardfelt.
The Building Bridges Innitiative seeks to tackle ethnic antagonism and competition, seek solutions for lack of national ethos, Inclusivity, Devolution, Safety and Security and how to end Corruption.
A movement called Embrace was conceptualised as the Kenya Women’s platform to support the BBI, which seeks to bring the country together.
Embrace Movement draws membership from elected women leaders from across the Country including; Governors, Senators, Women MPs, and Women MCAs and will seek to recruit those in the civil society, private sector, Community Based Organizations, and the Faith Based Organizations