Women leaders across the country have today 12th held a first National Dialogue meeting on peace at the Intercontinental hotel to consolidate their peacebuilding skills in Kenya.
Organized by Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Reflection, the meeting provided an opportunity where women leaders reflected on the status of women on the on-going tension and conflict in the 26th presidential elections. And that women can no longer be absent in any peace talks and issues affecting the country because women and children are the most affected members of the society.
Gracing the occasion, the cabinet secretary ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Sicily Kariuki recognized the role played by women in the Kenyan society.
”As mothers of Kenya, a time has come to use our strength of numbers and desire to speak loudly on the situation currently in our country.” She said
Speaking during the session, Terry Kantai, former Director, Women Bureau said
“A lot of gains women have acquired have a historical perspective and the movement started before independence laid a foundation for women involvement in ensuring peaceful country irrespective of the region they come from.”
Since women are tribeless and fit into every culture, the women of Kenya have come out to state their stand in calling for peaceful Kenya and where peace has always prevailed
Zabib Kavuma, the UN-Women Representative in Kenya challenged the women to use their power and number to bring a lasting peace in Kenya. According to her, the UN Resolution 1325 recognizes the women’s role in peace negotiations.
The chairperson of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Kagwiria Mbogori challenged the women on the importance of upholding the rule of law and being truthful in everything,
“We have the power to protect our country with our thoughts and words while upholding the rule of law.” She said