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Swearing of Cabinet Secretaries at statehouse
HE Hon.Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H. President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander In Chief of the Defence Forces and the Cabinet Secretaries including Prof.Margaret Kobia at the statehouse on the swearing in day
Handing over by the outgoing Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Sicily Kariuki
Handing over by the outgoing Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Sicily Kariuki to the new Cabinet Secretary Professor Margaret Kobia.Looking on are Hon.Rechel Shebesh,Chief Administrative Secretary and the Principal Secretary Public Service and Youth Affairs Ms. Lillian Omollo
Cabinet Secretary Professor Margaret Kobia and Principal Secretary Ms.Lilian Omollo being handed over to the office by the out going Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Sicily Kariuki
HE and the leadership of the Ministry
HE Hon.Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H. President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander In Chief of the Defence Forces With the leadership of the Ministry during the National Youth Service Recruits passing-out parade at the National Youth Service College, Gilgil on 16th February, 2018

CS Kariuki urges Parliament to pass the Two-Thirds Gender-Rule

CS Kariuki urges Parliament to pass the Two-Thirds Gender-Rule
Nairobi May 8, 2017
Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Mrs. Sicily Kariuki has appealed to legislators to pass the two-thirds gender rule when Parliament resumes business on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 after recess.
CS Kariuki expressed her disappointment that the Constitutional two-thirds gender rule had not been achieved saying it is the cause of underrepresentation of women in decision-making processes and called for a comprehensive approach to pass the bill.
The CS made the remarks when she presided over the launch of the National Strategy for Greater Participation of Women in Political Leadership at a Nairobi Hotel, on Monday.
Lobbying for support of the passage of the bill, CS Kariuki said both houses have not adhered to the two-third gender principle and attempts to pass the Gender Bill to address the gender gap have failed twice on the floor of both houses.
Rooting for more women participation in politics, Mrs. Kariuki lauded the recent directive by the Judiciary for Parliament to pass the gender rule Bill as a great milestone.
“Women are glad that the Speaker of the National Assembly has come up with a working formula to ensure the Bill is passed by the Eleventh Parliament. The recent pronouncement by H.E the President that Mps had a responsibility to work together and ensure that the bill is passed so that women can take their rightful place in society as equal partners is evidence of the current administration’s commitment to women empowerment,” CS Kariuki said.
She reminded attendees of remarkable progress that has been made with regard to the inclusion of women in key decision making positions.
“Ever since the election of the first woman parliamentarian Hon Grace Onyango in 1969, the concerted efforts of many stakeholders have continued to bear fruits and todays women are luckier, the constitution of Kenya 2010, with a strong Bill of Rights on diversity, inclusion and affirmative provisions has opened greater avenues for women participation,” said the CS.
CS Kariuki added that the quest for women’s greater representation requires a holistic and integrated approach across all sectors.
Later, at a Press briefing, CS Kariuki revealed that her Ministry in collaboration with the European Union has released a strategy which aims to strengthen the participation of women in politics.
CS Kariuki noted the strategy is application of soft diplomacy to ensure that political parties review their policies and framework to ensure that women can meaningfully participate in party activities both as leaders in party structures and as members.
On his part, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery assured participants that the Government will play its role to ensure the campaign and election environment is peaceful and that women campaign on equal platform.
He added that the ministry will use all machinery at its disposal to provide security for all Kenyans and women political candidates in particular to ensure that peace prevails and are free from harassment and intimidation.
Meanwhile, EU Ambassador, Stefano Dejak said the European Union is working with stakeholders to complement efforts to help improve women representation in decision making.
“Women have a right to equal participation. Evidence shows that when women are given equal opportunities and access to resources and to decision-making, communities are more prosperous and peaceful. EU wants to assist partners in effectively using this significant transformative potential,” he added.
The forum was attended by eminent women leaders, Prof. Julia Ojiambo and Senator Zipporah Kitony representatives from women organizations, civil society groups, private sector and government institutions.
Others were Members of European Parliament currently visiting the country led by Mr. Peterie Alojz who is also former Prime Minister of Slovenia.

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