President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, November 20, hosted women delegates from the Hafsa Bint Siirin Centre, Garissa County in an event also attended by National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale.
The Garissa Town-based centre that offers education and empowerment to women, orphans, vulnerable girls, persons with disability and senior citizens was gifted a bus to facilitate their activities by the president.
"The President, who spoke today at State House Nairobi while donating a bus to Hafsa Bint Siirin Centre from Garissa County, encouraged women to play a more active role in Kenya's push to attain prosperity, peace and stability." a post from the State House read.
The president has been a vocal figure in the push for women empowerment in the country and their role in the realisation of the big four agenda.
Uhuru, who also donated indigenous tree seedlings to the group, pointed out that shutting out women from the core of national development meant shutting out half of the country’s human capital.
“We cannot allow that to happen. We want women to be at the centre of development and nation-building like their male counterparts,” he stated.
In a statement published on the Office of the President's website on November 12, in line with the ICPD25 summit that was held at the KICC, Uhuru vowed to improve support to older persons, the disabled, orphans, and vulnerable children.
This would be realised by the increase of core social protection investment from 0.8% of Gross Domestic Product to at least 2% over the next 10 years.
On June 4, the president addressed a summit dubbed, Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver, Canada where he mentioned Kenya's policy on the reservation of 30% of all government procurement opportunities to women, youth and the disabled.
Duale who accompanied the women to State House thanked the president for the donation saying the bus would enhance the operations of the group.
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