Delegates from different countries of the world have requested Kenya’s First Lady to expand the Beyond Zero campaign internationally.
The delegates made the request on the sidelines of the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, United States of America during a side event hosted by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
The theme of the meeting, which was well attended by delegates from all over the world was ‘Strategic Leadership for Women and Girls Health: Beyond Zero Campaign’.
Speaker after speaker lauded the Beyond Zero model, adding that the strategic leadership provided by the First Lady was key in creating awareness and mobilizing resources to improve the lives of Kenyans living in undeserved areas.
They said that it is a great idea that can save thousands of mothers and children from preventable pregnancy related causes if replicated across the African continent.
Dr. Luiz Loures, the Deputy Executive Director, UNAids, who was a panelist during the event said Beyond Zero, “is an example of what focused leadership can do to mobilize resources from individuals, public and private sectors to solve challenges facing underprivileged sections of society.”
Speaking during the occasion, the First Lady agreed to the request to expand the Beyond Zero campaign across the Kenyan borders.
She added that any idea that can save mothers and children from preventable deaths should be shared and be replicated whenever possible throughout the continent and beyond.
“Our experience has been very enlightening and most of all, gratifying in seeing the lives of our mothers and children saved from preventable deaths. It is my hope that our experience shall be beneficial to other countries,” the First Lady said.
Other panelists during the meeting who gave their experiences of the Beyond Zero campaign were, Member of Parliament Alice Wahome, the Spouse of Isiolo Governor Madina Golicha representing counties, Lydia Rono representing the Private Sector and Dr. Nduku Kilonzo for the Ministry of Health.
The First Lady arrived in New York, United States of America, Wednesday, to join other world leaders for the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
The meeting is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9th to 20th March 2015. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are attending the session.
The main focus of the session is the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.