The Assistant minister for cooperative development and marketing, Jebii Kilomo has challenged women to be more business oriented and to take charge of their destiny. Speaking at the official closing ceremony of the in country training course aimed at empowering rural women at the University graduation square, Friday August 12 2011, she urged the women to use the acquired skills to transform their own lives at the lives of the communities where they hailed from through the engagement of wealth creation ventures.
In a flowery occasion lead by song and dance Hon Chelimo said that women were the driving force of Kenya’s development agenda and appealed to the 50 women leaders to ensure they transferred the new skills to their colleagues at the grassroots to foster faster social and economic development in various rural communities.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mabel Imbuga, told the women to take advantage of their newly acquired skills to proactive in narrowing the wide gender gap in leadership position in the various then various state institutions. ‘ Remember that the Constitution now makes it mandatory for one third either gender representations in any public office. You are all aware that the composition particularly in leadership roles is to a large extent in favour of men. It is therefore women like you who should not only educate other women about this order but you should be ready to take up these positions – whether we are talking about the composition of the local administration, school committees, civic and now county and parliamentary representation that must meet the one third gender obligation’.
And JICA Senior Representative Junichi Hanai told the participants his country, Japan placed an lot of importance in the concept of human development saying that Japan without any tangible natural resources to rely on had achieved its great economic status in the world because of its huge investment in human resources development of its citizenry.
The annual training programme now in its 17th year of implementation and jointly sponsored by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) targets ordinary rural women leaders who are trained in a wide range of modern agricultural production technologies aimed wealth creation.