Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs to work with Parliament in amending the regulation that requires a minimum of 100 women to form a group to be funded.
He gave an ultimatum of two months, a move that is likely to incentivise the formation of more women groups in the country. Unlike the youth who only require 25 members, the regulations demand that 100 women do to be recognised.
Speaking in Kasarani Stadium, during the presentation of cheques worth Sh112.5 million to women and youth groups in Nairobi County, the Deputy President said that by congregating in groups, women and youths stand to benefit from synergies.
Mr Ruto said the government’s vision was anchored on the belief that women should be involved on equal footing with their male counterparts in leadership and decision-making.
It is on this thinking, he said, that the Jubilee administration has prioritised women Empowerment and Gender Equality and put enormous resources in it.
“This is in recognition of the critical and important role Kenyan women play in our development,” said Mr Ruto.
Present were Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Prof Margaret Kobia, her Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh and Sport and Culture Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.
Others were MPs Johnstone Sakaja (Nairobi), Mercy Gakuya (Kasarani), Esther Passaris (Nairobi), George Theuri (Embakasi West), Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu), Charles Kanyi ( Starehe), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi Central) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).
Ms Kobia appealed to youth and women to take advantage of the various affirmative funds saying such opportunities will not come knocking at their doors
Since inception of the Affirmative Action Funds, Sh31 billion has been transferred to small and medium-sized enterprises, providing support to about 15 million people across the country.
Uwezo Fund had disbursed more than Sh5.8 billion to an estimated 960,000 beneficiaries while the Women Enterprise Fund had benefitted over one million women with Sh13 billion. The Fund, he added, now boasts of an average loan repayment rate of 94 per cent.