UN honours Kenyan women advancing SDG goals

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 00:18 | By
A woman walks past the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States, Sept. 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

The Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) and United Nations Office in Geneva have organised a national exhibition to celebrate the 17 Faces of Action by Kenyan women towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Principal Secretary of Foreign Affairs Dr Abraham Korir said the exhibition serves as a reminder of the important role women played not only in achieving the SDGs but in every aspect of life.

“Showcasing their outstanding contribution shows our beliefs in the work they do, not only at the national level but also regionally and globally. This exhibition serves as a call to action inspiring us to reflect on our individual and collective roles in advancing the global agenda for sustainable development,” said Korir.

In a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Director General Political and Diplomatic Affairs Amb Lucy Kiruthu, Korir disclosed that gender inequality was a major barrier to alleviating poverty as it discriminates against women, denying them access to education, power, and decision-making opportunities.

Despite global challenges, the PS noted that society is working to alleviate gender inequity by increasing the representation of women in science, politics, and industry to help speed up progress towards SDGs attainment.

He maintained that Kenya, as the only host of the UN headquarters in the Global South, reaffirms its unwavering commitment to its purpose , especially in strengthening functions of UNON.

Secretary of Gender in the State Department for Gender and Affirmative Action Dr Josephine Obonyo said the ministry was implementing the strategy on SDG 5 to monitor the implementation of gender priorities.

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