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Women Lawmakers Push For Increased Funding For Gender Responsive Programmes

May 4, 2024 #Kenya News, #News
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The Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative. Aimed at empowering women legislators with essential skills in appropriation and resource allocation, the program seeks to drive positive outcomes in health and gender equality across the nation.

Teaming up with the Institute of Public Finance (IPF), KEWOPA is forging alliances with key parliamentary committees, including Budget and Appropriations, Finance, Health, Social Protection, and Labour. Together, they aim to champion gender-responsive budgeting, ensuring that financial resources are directed towards initiatives that promote gender equality and improve healthcare access.

During a recent forum, Hon. Leah Sankaire, Chairperson of KEWOPA from Kajiado County, underscored the urgency of adequate funding for gender-responsive programs. Highlighting concerns over budget cuts and limited donor support, Hon. Sankaire emphasized the importance of sustainable financing to drive meaningful change.

Hon. Lilian Siyoi of Trans Nzoia lamented the heavy reliance on donor funding for the health sector, stressing the need for greater domestic investment. Meanwhile, Hon. Mary Emaase, Vice Chairperson of the Budget & Appropriations Committee, urged her colleagues to scrutinize budget allocations meticulously, ensuring they align with population needs and address emerging challenges such as flooding.

Addressing broader societal issues, Hon. Mary Maingi of Mwea highlighted the systemic barriers hindering women’s participation in leadership roles and policy-making processes. These include insufficient funding, lack of technical skills, and limited support from societal leaders.

Echoing the sentiment for effective resource allocation, Hon. Pauline Lenguris of Samburu emphasized the importance of directing funding towards projects with tangible impacts on citizens’ lives.

In a unified stance, the women legislators resolved to engage with the Budget and Appropriations Committee to advocate for increased funding for gender-responsive programs. By championing gender equality and prioritizing healthcare, they are paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable future for all Kenyans.

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