Legislator lauds JKUAT for Empowering Rural Women

Dr. Pamela Odhiambo (left) greets Alice Omamo, one of the participants shortly before the legislator opened the workshop

Migori County Woman Representative Dr. Pamela Odhiambo has commended Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for mounting capacity building programmes for rural women. Dr. Odhiambo said the move will ensure disadvantaged women get practical skills for socio-economic transformation and livelihoods improvement.

The lawmaker was speaking on Monday January 8, 2018 when she opened a weeklong training programme by JKUAT for over 50 women participants drawn from all constituencies of Migori County.

Dr. Odhiambo decreed the fact that despite their potential, many women across the country were still subjected to lesser roles with many aspects of development like access to resources remaining firmly in the hands of men.

“Besides, economic empowerment, I hope you shall be challenged to take various leadership positions, including political seats,” she urged the participants.

She also urged communities in the county to shun retrogressive cultural practices such marrying off girls at early age. She instead called for education for all as a basis for sustainable development.

A section of the women participate in a group discussion during the training on leadership

During the training themed optimizing the capacity of grassroots women for enhanced livelihood improvement and rural entrepreneurship, participants will be inducted on entrepreneurship, leadership, value addition, and access to government procurement opportunities.

Other topics to be covered include gender issues, value addition networking and records keeping.

Migori County Director of Social Development, Ben Makotsi said the training would improve ability of women to surmount some problems such as economic marginalization and stereotyping.

While thanking JKUAT for the technology transfer and applied research to grassroots level, he said his Directorate will continue working with likeminded organizations to improve the well-being of women in the County.

“If you take the training seriously, your life will never be the same again. Share learned knowledge and experience with the other women in the grassroots,” Makotsi urged the participants.

Migori Country Director of Social Development, Ben Makotsi addresses the participants during the workshop

JKUAT in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been implementing targeted training for rural women since 1994. Over 4200 women drawn from all parts of Kenya, have benefitted from the capacity building initiative, mounted through the Research, Production and Extension Division.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the workshop aimed to transform the participants into change agents which could propel Kenya’s realization of Vision 2030 and other development targets.

“In order to ensure that rural women reap the maximum benefit from their labour, it is imperative that they be empowered and their capacity improved,” said Prof. Imbuga, in a speech read by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Otieno.

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