ENERGY SECTOR WOMEN EMPLOYEES INAUGURAL 'PINK ENERGY' CONFERENCE
Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet bSecretary Profesor Margaret Kobias chats KeNGeN managing Director Rebecca Miano during the inaugural Pink Energy Conference that brings together women employees from the Energy sector held at a Westlands Hotel, Nairobi where the CS was chief guest.
“Government is committed to ensuring Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.” Says Prof. Kobia
Nairobi, 23rd May, 2019
By Eric Bosire
In its effort to ensure Gender Equality and women empowerment in the country the Government has taken a number of measures to make this a reality. This measures include:
• Embracing Chapter Four Article 27 of the constitution which enshrines the right to equality and freedom from discrimination hence adhering to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), goal No 5, which emphasizes the importance of gender equality in development.
• The Government has also embraced gender mainstreaming in all spheres of our society, and passed the requisite policies and legislation, and set up structures and mechanisms for its realization,
• Enactment of laws to mitigate Gender Based Violence including FGM and sexual offences and homicides
• Provision of Affirmative action Funds i.e Women Enterprise Fund, Uwezo Fund, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, and AGPO among others.
In her key note address during the inaugural Pink Energy Conference held at a Nairobi Hotel on 23rd May, 2019, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Prof. Margaret Kobia said that despite the above measures, institutions need to adopt innovative ways to push for the advancement and participation of women for sustainable development hence bridging the existing gaps.
“I wish to urge us all, as organizations and individuals, to offer targeted support and incentives for women’s participation and leadership as users and producers of energy. I am confident that the collegial framework that this initiative has established will result in more women occupying important decision making-spaces in the industry.” added Prof. Kobia.
KenGen Managing Director, Rebecca Miano who is also Pink Energy Founding Patron said that since inception of the initiative in 2016 great strides have been made in empowering women in the energy sector.
“Since inception our ladies have been able to make progress in career development through mentorship and provision of a conducive work environment.” Said Ms Miano.
Pink energy initiative which brings together women from the energy sector is anchored on three pillars namely:
• Personal development
• Creation of a conducive work environment
• Gender awareness
The initiative plans to continue developing partnerships with likeminded institutions in order to continue developing women and also monitor the percentage of women in their suppliers and subcontractor database to expand their participation particularly in none traditional categories of supplies among others.
Present at the conference were women drawn from energy sector across the country among other women leaders