First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today called for increased participation and influence of women at all levels of decision – making.
She underlined the need to tackle gender inequality in all its manifestations and identified peace negotiations as one area where women should be more involved.
The First Lady described women as crucial contributors to all spheres of the society but regretted that women are not always treated fairly by both family and society.
“But as women we are not always treated fairly; not by family nor community. Our interests are neither well received nor are they acted upon”, she said.
The First Lady was speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) where she opened the National Assembly Lady Spouses Association of Kenya (NALSA-K) two –day conference.
NALSA draws its membership from the wives of male members of parliament. The women retain life membership even when their husbands cease being members of the National Assembly.
The First Lady described as noble the peace, cohesion and integration initiatives undertaken by NALSA and urged the association to visit schools, both primary and secondary and inculcate the same values amongst the youth.
“These initiatives will educate Kenyans on the importance of national cohesion and national values”, she said
With active and focused leadership, said the First Lady, NALSA, in collaboration with Government departments, will convert many Kenyans into active agents of change.
She said the association holds a unique position due to the close interaction its members have with their respective communities.
“As spouses of leaders (MPs), you are well placed to create positive attitudes in our country”, added the First Lady.
She asked NALSA members to be the moral and social voice of the Kenyan people.
Others who addressed the gathering included the outgoing Principal Secretary for Interior, Ambassador Monica Juma , the Secretary to the Directorate of National Cohesion and National values Mr. Michael Ndung’u and NALSA Chairperson Jackie Kiaraho.