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DSC3182Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet bSecretary Profesor Margaret Kobias chats KeNGeN managing Director Rebecca Miano during the inaugural Pink Energy Conference that brings together women employees from the Energy sector held at a Westlands Hotel, Nairobi where the CS was chief guest.

“Government is committed to ensuring Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.” Says Prof. Kobia
Nairobi, 23rd May, 2019
By Eric Bosire

In its effort to ensure Gender Equality and women empowerment in the country the Government has taken a number of measures to make this a reality. This measures include:

• Embracing Chapter Four Article 27 of the constitution which enshrines the right to equality and freedom from discrimination hence adhering to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), goal No 5, which emphasizes the importance of gender equality in development.

• The Government has also embraced gender mainstreaming in all spheres of our society, and passed the requisite policies and legislation, and set up structures and mechanisms for its realization,

• Enactment of laws to mitigate Gender Based Violence including FGM and sexual offences and homicides

• Provision of Affirmative action Funds i.e Women Enterprise Fund, Uwezo Fund, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, and AGPO among others.

In her key note address during the inaugural Pink Energy Conference held at a Nairobi Hotel on 23rd May, 2019, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Prof. Margaret Kobia said that despite the above measures, institutions need to adopt innovative ways to push for the advancement and participation of women for sustainable development hence bridging the existing gaps.

“I wish to urge us all, as organizations and individuals, to offer targeted support and incentives for women’s participation and leadership as users and producers of energy. I am confident that the collegial framework that this initiative has established will result in more women occupying important decision making-spaces in the industry.” added Prof. Kobia.

KenGen Managing Director, Rebecca Miano who is also Pink Energy Founding Patron said that since inception of the initiative in 2016 great strides have been made in empowering women in the energy sector.

“Since inception our ladies have been able to make progress in career development through mentorship and provision of a conducive work environment.” Said Ms Miano.

Pink energy initiative which brings together women from the energy sector is anchored on three pillars namely:
• Personal development

• Creation of a conducive work environment

• Gender awareness

The initiative plans to continue developing partnerships with likeminded institutions in order to continue developing women and also monitor the percentage of women in their suppliers and subcontractor database to expand their participation particularly in none traditional categories of supplies among others.

Present at the conference were women drawn from energy sector across the country among other women leaders

The Cabinet Secretary, Prof Margaret Kobia, held a meeting with KCB Group

The Cabinet Secretary, Prof Margaret Kobia, held a meeting with KCB Group where they deliberated on strengthening our existing collaboration.
They held discussions among them the 'Formalising the Informal Sector Skilling for Self Employment' Program with its flagship project, 2jiajiri.
2jiajiri has so far empowered 22,000 young people since its inception in 2016 through provision of technical skills training, start-up capital and market linkages.

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The Ministry is keen to continue to strengthen its collaboration with KCB and specifically to;
1. Support the recruitment of future beneficiaries.
2. Monitor and evaluate the project.
3. Encourage youth beneficiaries to access Ministry's Affirmative Funds.
4. Mobilise participation from other Ministries and Agencies to support the project.
5. Explore other opportunities offered by KCB to deliver on the Government's Big 4 Agenda.
Present at the meeting was Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh, KCB Group CEO, Mr. Joshua Oigara, KCB Foundation MD, Mrs. Jane Mwangi and other staff from the Ministry

President Kenyatta Says No Withdrawal Of Any Government Service From Huduma Centres

President Kenyatta Says No Withdrawal Of Any Government Service From Huduma Centres

Meru October 12th 2018

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated the government’s commitment to transform the way public service delivery is provided to Kenyans through the Huduma Mashinani Programme under the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.

HE the President, who graced the Huduma Mashinani Programme in Meru town on Friday, stated that since the Government was elected more than six years ago, it initiated the Programme aimed at decentralizing it’s services and taking them closer to the citizens.

The President, who was accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary Prof Margaret Kobia, Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Rachel Shebesh and Meru County Governor Hon, Kiraitu Murungi, assured Kenyans that not a single service being offered at the centers across the country will be withdrawn.

During the event, President Kenyatta presided over the distribution of sanitary towels to school girls besides disbursing affirmative action funds of over Ksh 44 million in aid of women and youth groups in the County.

On her part, Prof Kobia pledged the Ministry’s support to the President’s agenda of empowering women and the youths of this country, which earned him the recognition during the launch of-global partnership through which the UN seeks to get every young person into quality education, training or employment by 2030.

“My ministry which has changed the way of offering services; we have launched an outreach programme that brings commonly sought after public services to Kenyans at the grassroots and sub- county levels using the popular Huduma Mashinani model,” affirmed Prof Kobia.

Others who spoke were Meru County Governor Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, CAS Hon. Shebesh and the County Woman Rep Hon. Faith Kawira.

Also present were Principal Secretaries Dr. Francis Owino for Public Service and Youth, Hon Safina Kwekwe for Gender Affairs among other high ranking National and County government officials.

Preparations for the first conference of State Parties to the African Charter on values and Principles of the Public Service and Administration commence



COSP meetingHigh Commissioners and Ambassadors attending the First Conference of State Parties to the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration have unanimously agreed to communicate effectively to their respective governments on the need for the Ministers to attend the forthcoming conference to implement the charter they ratified.
The High Conveners attending the Breakfast Meeting organized by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender were from Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Algeria, South Africa Mozambique, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Congo. Ms Minata Cessouma, the Commissioner for Political Affairs of African Union Commission (AUC) was also in attendance.
Retracing the long journey for Africa to establish a credible and unified Africa Public Service first held in Rabat, Morocco in 1998, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof Margaret Kobia who was the host reminded delegates that the Draft Charter was formally adopted at the 3rd Pan-African Conference of Ministers of Public Service in February 2001 in Windhoek, Namibia with its adoption on 31st January, 2011 in Ethiopia.
Prof Kobia noted that currently 17 Member States have ratified the Charter and urged the delegates to convince their respective governments on the need for their Public Service Ministers to attend the forthcoming Conference to be held in Nairobi on the 12th & 13th November, 2018.
She stated that the Charter provides the framework for modernizing and transforming the African Public Service, besides being an important transformational instrument for the Capable Developmental State that provides generic guiding values and principles of the African Public Service. The Charter also defines a code of conduct for Public Servants.
“The Charter aspires to ensure quality and innovative service delivery that meets the requirements of all users, encourage the efforts of member states in modernizing administration and strengthening capacity for the improvement of public service, encourage citizens and users of public services to actively and effectively participate in public administration processes and to improve the working conditions of public service agents and ensure the protection of their rights,” she stated.
A key provision of the Charter under Article 30 is that it (the Charter) shall enter into force thirty (30) days after the deposit of the instruments of ratification by fifteen (15) Member States. Further, after entry into force, the Commission shall ensure and facilitate the implementation of the Charter by ensuring that a Conference of State Parties is established and developing guidelines on the implementation of the Charter in partnership with the Conference of State Parties among other things.
Pointing out that the rest of the world perceives Africa as the next frontier, Prof Kobia described the meeting as a wakeup call for the countries to implement fully the charter to pave way for an impressive public service.
Applauding parties that have ratified this very important instrument, the Cabinet Secretary reiterated that individual State Parties are expected to commit themselves to implement the objectives, apply the principles and respect the commitments enshrined in this Charter.
In her welcoming remarks, Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Rachel Shebesh assured delegates that the Cabinet Secretary is keen to ensure the success of the forthcoming meeting as she is highly regarded as the guru of Kenya’s Public Service.
H. E Ambassador Abdelkader Messahel of Algeria and the Tanzania High Commissioner to Kenya DR. Pindi Channa were among those who spoke in the morning session.
Principal Secretary for State Department of Public Service Dr. Francis Owino was the moderator.



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