Kisumu County marked the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, as women come together at a time hallmarked to honor their achievements in the political, economic, and cultural sphere in an event organized in partnership with various organizations advocating for gender equality at the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground.
The event graced by Mama Kisumu Dorothy Nyong’o, in the company of Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, this year’s IWD celebrations themed, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,” is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.
“We must never tire of different advocacy programs to end all kinds of discrimination, violence and harmful practices against women.” Said Mama Kisumu, acknowledging that the Sexual Gender-Based Violence Policy (SGBV) and The Gender Mainstreaming Policy Formulation as a commitment towards the empowerment of women, youth and people living with disabilities.
Mama Kisumu also recognized that Kisumu was the second county nationally to unveil a comprehensive policy framework designed to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence and the local level.
In his remarks, Kisumu governor commended the women of Kisumu led by Mama Kisumu for the great strides that have been achieved.
“We have come a long way to ensure that women have the same access to life’s basic needs as men.” Said Governor Nyong’o.
The Governor also announced that on the 27th of March Kisumu County will receive the biggest prize as the best County in involving women and special interest groups in development issues.
The National Taxpayers association called on the government to make taxes work for women and to ensure gender-responsive budgeting, recognizing that Tax justice is vital to providing gender-responsive public services.
March 8th marks the global annual IWD celebrations; however, Kisumu scheduled its celebrations for the 12th March 2020. The day also serves as a reminder that women around the world still have a long way to go when it comes to obtaining the same opportunities and liberties as their male counterparts.
The colorful event was occasioned by a procession from Kondele, Awarding of recognition certificates to various stakeholders and entertainment from various groups as women, men and special interest groups danced their heart out in celebration to mark the achievements made in realizing gender equality in Kisumu and Kenya at large.
The celebrations focused on five key thematic areas of discussions which included; Enhanced Equality and Non- discrimination, Protection of women from violence, Promoting Rights relating to marriage, Improved Health and Reproductive Rights and Championing Right to peace, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The event was also graced by the County Ministers, Dr. John Obiero Ogone of Education ICT and Human capacity development and his counterpart for health and Sanitation, Prof. Juddy Attyang’, members of the County Assembly led by the gender committee chairperson, Hon. Rashid Miruka, Representative of the County Commissioner, Chief officer Women, Youth and social services Mr. Haggai Kadiri, county officials together with the members of the Gender technical working group stakeholders.