A leading Kenyan women development and empowerment organisation, which has announced setting up of a fund to help women who aspire to run for political office, has said the assistance would also be extended to those vying for other competitive elective offices such as in the trade union movement.
The Kenya Women Holding, a leading women empowerment and development organisation, has proposed the setting up of a fund to support women running for elective offices in the country.
Echo Network Africa, previously known as Kenya Women Holdings, has launched the Democracy Trust Fund for women aspiring for leadership. The rebranding is a new dawn for women in Kenya as they will be able to save for their political dreams through the Democracy Trust Fund, said Dr Jennifer Riria, the Group CEO Echo Network Africa and the patron of Democracy Trust Fund.
Women over the age of 18 years who are interested in seeking political office are likely to get funding in a move meant to facilitate more women in leadership.
Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia on Wednesday launched the Democracy Trust Fund which will provide women who aspire to run for political office funds for their campaigns.
Women over the age of 18 years and interested in seeking political office can now get financial support. The Democracy Trust Fund aims to fund women during campaigns. The Echo network projects hopes its efforts can encourage more women to seek political office.
Gender and Youth CS Margaret Kobia has urged women to support each before calling for equality. She said on Wednesday that many women are not in leadership positions because they do not get support from one another. Kobia spoke during the launch of the Democracy Trust Fund in Nairobi. The fund has been set up by Echo Network Africa in partnership with the government. It will finance women, especially those seeking elective posts. It encourages them to save cash for campaigns.
Echo Network Africa has launched a democracy trust fund for women aspiring for leadership