NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to partner with the private sector in
order to promote women empowerment, a senior government official
said on Sunday.
cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and
Gender Affairs, told a media briefing in Nairobi that the
government has put in place legal and policy frameworks to
ensure women’s wider involvement in decision-making in both
public and private sectors.
cannot on its own achieve full gender parity on all spheres.
This is why collaboration with like-minded individuals and
institutions is critical,” Kobia said during the launch of Echo
It is the
government’s conviction that Kenya cannot attain full
development if half of the population is left behind or is not
fully and gainfully engaged, she said.
Kobia noted that
over the years, the state, non-state actors and the private
sector have implemented many programs on gender equality and
“The result has been
the continued growth of women’s contribution to all sectors of
the economy and the gross domestic product,” she added.
noted, statistics show that women are marginalized in all
spheres of development and access to resources such as land,
health, education and information.
“This is why at the
national level, the government has prioritized women empowerment
and gender equality as a development issue and instituted
deliberate and decisive measures to improve the status of
women,” she said.