The Embassy of Finland, in partnership with UN Women and the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), visited the Turkana Deputy Governor, to discuss and gain insights into strengthening gender equality and social protection in Turkana.
Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Finland, Anu Ala-Rantala provided an overview of their collaborative programs within the county government.
“These initiatives encompassed gender equality, peace, and security, interventions for host communities and refugees, as well as the funding of the Joint Devolution Programme,” said Ala-Rantala.
Deputy Governor Dr. John Erus emphasized the importance of initiating discussions on the protection of women.
He highlighted the county government’s commitment to expanding social protection for women and youth through the development of relevant policies and programs.
Dr. Erus unveiled the county’s support for businesses by providing financial assistance of Ksh. 250,000 to women and youth entrepreneurs.
He underscored the significance of transferable programs targeting vulnerable groups to address effectively the socio-economic challenges.
In an era of technological advancement, Dr. Erus encouraged youth to take a leading role in managing micro-irrigation schemes and fostering innovation through digital technologies.
DG stressed the importance of revitalizing education and ensuring comprehensive social protection to empower the community fully.
Addressing the issue of land regularization and registration in municipalities, he reaffirmed the county’s commitment to protecting and guaranteeing women’s access to land, further ensuring their rights are safeguarded.
Further to this, DG highlighted the county’s dedication to involving women in peace-building initiatives, advocating for their active participation in crucial discussions.
Those who attended the meeting included Deputy Country Representatives from UN Women, Dan Bazira, and officials from NCCK.