President Uhuru Kenyatta has said women should be given equal opportunities of authority as men as they are able to deliver in equal measure.

Speaking in a panel discussion at the ongoing Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday, the President further acknowledged the need for the society to create an enabling environment for women to exercise authority.

“We need to make the society understand that women are as capable as men. We have to create an enabling environment and the opportunity for them to serve,” said Kenyatta.

He pointed out cultural and religious barriers as well as stereotypes as a long-time hindrance to women in realizing their potential in leadership and in achieving their dreams.

President Kenyatta also said his government is working on ensuring gender equality in Kenya is realized through the introduction of compulsory free education policy for all from primary to secondary school.

He said the policy – aimed at ensuring that girls access quality education thereby enabling them to be as competitive as their male counterparts – will also provide basic necessities such as sanitary towels.

“In order to keep our girls in school, the government is also providing sanitary towels for free and this has ensured that no girl suffers stigma,” President Kenyatta said.

He further said the government is going to enact a law to make it punishable for parents who fail to take their children to school.


The President is attending the conference at the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, where he is representing the African continent.

The conference focus is on gender equality, the health rights and well-being of girls and women across the globe under the theme: ‘power, progress, change’, and it seeks to inspire women to take up their position in bringing positive change in their societies.

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