The Kakamega County Assembly Women Caucus has outlined its development agenda and set in motion activities and programs that aims at transforming livelihoods in the county.
One of the objectives of the Caucus is to establish gender based activities to promote and champion gender and inequality issues in society.
This Caucus will create a platform for female County Legislators (MCAs) to articulate challenges facing largely women and children, lobby for their welfare and rights, and sustain gender advocacy awareness campaign and responsiveness.
The Caucus resolved to deliver on its resolutions within one year and take stock of the performance spread out under short and long terms framework.
The group will be holding regular meetings with the Assembly Speaker and other County leaders on matters gender and also ensure that the Caucus is recognized as one of the Committees of the Assembly.
The long term objectives of the Caucus include : giving support to agricultural projects initiated by women and youths, empower the Girl-Child education, promote table banking for women, benchmarking in other Counties and continue propagating for social protection programs for women and youths across the County.
The Caucus’s Chairperson, Hon. Gladys Omukongolo said the group will network with like minded organizations and people for capacity building on women in leadership and investment.
We are committed to our course and no one can derail us now. This has been a long journey for female MCAs in the County. Finally, we have officially been registered by the government to carry out our objectives,” Hon. Omukongolo said beaming with joy and hope.
She made the remarks in Kakamega during a ceremony to launch a certificate, recognizing the Caucus as a duly registered group.
The County Woman Representative, Hon. Elsie Muhanda who attended the meeting promised to support the Caucus to realize its goals.
My mission is to work with all leaders and Wananchi regardless of party affiliations. We must improve the quality of life of our people by joining ranks and work as a team”, the County MP added.
Kakamega County Assembly has 31 female MCAs – Four are elected while 27 are nominated by political parties to comply with the two thirds gender rule.
The entire Assembly has a total of 89 MCAs .