Implement the gender principle, women tell the districts

The women leaders agreed to push for partnerships that promote equality. [File, Standard]

Women’s groups want the national government and counties to commit to full implementation of gender-based violence (GBV) laws.

Yesterday, 20 coastal women’s groups advocated district governments to set up gender-based violence restoration centers to assist the victims.

At the same time, the groups called on the districts to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

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“We urge Coast County’s governments to commit to the two-thirds gender rule in leadership and at all levels of government,” said a statement yesterday in a Mombasa hotel.

The women called on the government to integrate medical, legal and psychological support services related to sexual violence into the basic minimum package of Universal Health Care (UHC) by 2022.

“We end up extending our support to the national and provincial governments in realizing the Fifth Sustainable Development Goal by 2022 and the president’s commitment to ending all forms of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation by 2026,” the statement said.

At the same time, the women leaders of the coast agreed to push for partnerships that promote equality and the protection of the rights of women and girls.

Participants in the event included Ralia Buyotu from the Tana River, Suheila Abdulfaraj (Lamu), Tima Aboud (Lamu), Mackrina Mwamburi (Taita Taveta), Halima Mohamed (Mombasa), Teresia Bwire (Kilifi) and Mapenzi Ngala from Kwale County.

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