Kenya Ambassador to the US Lazarus Amayo has emphasised the centrality of economic empowerment to the realisation of women’s rights and gender equality.
Speaking at the 7th grand re-union of the Kenya Women in the United States (KWITU) in Houston, Texas, this week the Ambassador also lauded the diaspora for the pivotal role they play in Kenya’s national development agenda.
KWITU is a non-governmental organization established in 2015 to connect, empower and support the Kenyan Women Living in the US.
It also provides opportunities for Kenyan women in the US to connect via social media platforms, workshops, networking meetups, cultural events, community enrichment programs and annual grand reunions. It notes that it has created a safe environment for women to discuss issues that affect the Kenyan women in the US, and Kenya.
KWITU President Lily Richards reviewed the progress made since the last gathering in Seattle, Washington state, and reiterated the organization’s commitment to empowering the members and their respective families by promoting equality and equal access to opportunities.
The organisation has also invested in Kenya, with one of their noticeable projects being KWITU Gardens in Malaa, a project of 80 units of 3 bedroom all ensuite homes.
Dr. Alice Koinange, the keynote speaker, in her address shared her passion for empowering women and encouraged the participants to give positive attention to matters mental health.