Female lawmakers are urging development partners to step up their support for women leaders in the country.
The call was made during a breakfast meeting convened by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and attended by members of the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) and their counterparts from the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA).
Expressing gratitude for ongoing efforts to enhance the capacity of women leaders, the lawmakers emphasized the need for more targeted support at the grassroots level.
“We appreciate the help that has been given to the special interest groups so far, but I think it is time the support transits from capacity building and training to actual material support at the grassroots,” , emphasized Rahab Mukami (Nyeri), the chairperson of the County Woman Representatives.
Caroline Ng’elechei (Elgeyo Marakwet), the KEWOPA Treasurer, noted, “We have sat in the boardrooms for years. It is high time that we rethink the training models and also reconsider the kind of support programs that are offered.”
Nominated Senator Veronica Maina and Jane Kihara (Naivasha) highlighted the necessity of tailor-made support for women leaders and groups, considering the diverse challenges faced across different counties.
KYPA officials Robert Basil (Vice Chair) and David Kimaiyo (Keiyo South), among other leaders were present.
NIMD, a global organization committed to enhancing inclusive political systems, revealed the launch of the Kenya Democracy Academy. The academy is designed to provide a multi-year adult education program specifically crafted for Members of Parliament, youth, individuals with disabilities, and other minority groups.
The 6-month program aims to empower Members of Parliament as agents of change, strengthening democratic practices within and outside parliament for the benefit of their constituents. The program will be implemented in partnership with Mzalendo Trust, with support from NIMD.