Mombasa County Woman representative Asha Hussein says girl child education and women empowerment remains her top priority.
Asha promised to give the education sector a priority noting that it is crucial to alleviating poverty.
The legislator said girl-child education and women economic empowerment will reduce the number of abuses the womenfolk face like sexual and domestic violence.
She said empowering women will also in the long run help the country realise meaningful development in the economic sphere.
The politician also said she will team up with other women leaders to push and ensure that sanitary pads issuance which is now domiciled in the Education Ministry shifts back to the public service, youth and gender Ministry.
She expressed concerns that the Education ministry has failed to distribute the towels to girls outside the education system or those who drop out of school for one reason or the other.
The Woman representatives across all 47 counties have in the last two years controlled the distribution under the National Government Affirmative Action Fund when it was previously domiciled in the Gender ministry.
Coast Education Centre (COEC) Executive Director Halima Mohamed said the organisation will focus on mentoring the girl child and empowerment of women to enable them contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
Ms. Mohamed decried societal discrimination in education against pregnant girls and young mothers.
She said as schools reopen after a long break occasioned by Covid-19 most female learners are likely to miss school due to pregnancy issues.
The gender activist said the country has experienced high adolescent pregnancy rate as a result of the Covid-19 crisis but insisted that all girls have a right to education regardless of their pregnancy.
“We want pregnant girls to continue with their education when learning resumes in school” she said.
On her part the Coast Association for Persons with Disability (CPWD) Chief Executive Officer Hamisa Zaja urged society to discard all discriminatory practices that deny girls the enjoyment of their right to education.
[CPWD Chairperson Khamisa Zajjah. Photo/courtesy].
She said girl-child education should not be seen as a privilege that can be withdrawn arbitrarily.