The County Government of Uasin Gishu’s Department of Gender is in the process of developing a gender policy.

The policy will help mainstream the department and also will capture among others the best way of managing gender issues in the county.

In a speech read by County Executive committee member for Gender, Anthony Sitienei, during the 49th celebrations of International Women’s International Day held at Eldoret GK Women prisons, Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii called upon all the stakeholders to give their input to the policy through the Department of Gender and support where possible.

This year’s theme for the celebrations was dedicated by the United Nations for International Women’s Day “Invest in women, accelerate progress” while the campaign theme was ‘Inspire Inclusion’.

In the speech, the Governor noted that despite progress made over the years, women across the globe still face challenges that hinder their complete participation in different realms of life.

He also outlined the achievement made by his administration in the inclusion of women in leadership.

“My two Chief officers and Director Gender coincidentally are women from the Department of Education, Vocational Training, Gender, Social Protection and Culture, I celebrate you,” he said.

In addition, the Governor encouraged all the women in the county to take advantage of the many programs his administration is undertaking for women’s empowerment which will accelerate progress and achieve gender equality.

Chief Officer for Gender, Eunicer Suter on her part said this year’s theme underscores the crucial role of inclusion in achieving gender equality.

“It calls for action to break the barrier, challenge stereotypes and create an environment where all women are valued and respected,” she said.

“As we celebrate this day and reflect on the theme, let us reaffirm our commitment to creating a world where all women are empowered, valued and included,” added Marion Birgen, the Chief officer Education.

On her part, Chief Officer for Cooperatives, Ruth Samoei, said by working together to break down barriers and fostering diversity, we can build a more equitable and inclusive society for generations to come.

“Let’s be inclusive in whatever we do,” added Joywin Sang, Director Gender.

She also appreciated the CBOs and other stakeholders based in Uasin Gishu for the work they are doing in championing inclusiveness.

Director’s Florence Lagat (Administration), Peter Ruto (Social protection), Deputy Directors, Esther Serem, Wainaina Kimingi and Betsy Chepkemboi were present during the celebrations.