Kwale, Female Led Counties to Receive Support

Kwale, Other Female Headed Counties to Receive Support

The National Council of Churches of Kenya, in partnership with the UN Women and the Embassy of Finland, has paid a courtesy visit on the Office of the Governor of Kwale County, HE Fatuma Achani.

As requested by the County government, the UN Women and Finnish Development Policy Committee pleged to amplify support to Kwale County and other counties in Kenya that have female governors.

The delegation included Ms Anna Mutavati, the Country Representative of UN Women in Kenya; Mr Saku Nikkanen, Member of Parliament in Finland; Mr Otto Kivinen, Deputy Head of Mission; and Ms Anu Ala-Rantala, the Head of Cooperation, Counselor Gender and Governance.

Bishop Peter Mweru, the Chairman of NCCK in Coast Region, led the delegation of Male Champions who included Sheikh Amani.

The visiting team was hosted by the County Secretary, Ms Sylvia Chidodo, in the absence of the Governor.

Discussions during the courtesy call centered on identifying avenues of partnership between the different actors to end all forms of violence against women and girls and to empower women participation in leadership and decision making.

The partners celebrated the election of Governor Achani as a success of the Wadada Wa Pawa project that is being implemented by the NCCK with support from UN Women and Embassy of Finland.

The Wadada Wa Pawa project is one of initiatives through which the UN Women supported women candidates during the 2022 General Elections by providing training and mentorship, media positioning and visibility, and campaign management. The project in addition mobilized and continues to train male leaders as Champions for Women Political Leadership.

A key achievement of the project is contributing to the acceptance of women in leadership in the counties it is being implemented.

June 2024

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