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Mombasa county gov’t to enhance gender dialogue to achieve inclusivity

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[Mombasa County Gender director Esther Ingolo. Photo/Haramo Ali]

Mombasa county government will embark on gender dialogue among its Head of departments and other staff to enhance gender inclusivity in its daily operations.

Mombasa county Gender director Esther Ingolo said that the efforts are mainly to enable the county staff feel at ease in their work places and their ideas and proposals fully recognised by various head of departments.

She said that the gender forums conducted during the 16 days of activism were extremely successful and that they will be enhanced early 2019 to ensure that all the county staff understand in depth issues revolving around gender.

She noted that gender matters should not only be embraced during the 16 days of activism period but throughout as an important component in any work place.

Ms Ingolo noted that gender issues despite being important component at work place, they are underrated adding the County government will delve into such issues.

“We held various forums across all the six Sub-Counties this year and we will carry on with the same zeal early next year until all the county staff and the community at large fully understand and embrace gender inclusivity issues,” she added.

She appealed for support from other stakeholders and nongovernmental organisations so that the awareness campaign on gender inclusivity and the fight against gender based violence whether at workplace or at home is successful.

“These dialogues will involve our male counterparts, they have been accused of being the perpetrators not only in Mombasa but countrywide, we want to be the first to encourage our male colleague to take the lead role in the fight against gender based violence,” she noted.

The various head of departments will be tasked to oversea the awareness campaign early next year in a bid to ensure Mombasa county government stands out from the rest in the fight against gender based violence and encourage gender inclusivity in all departments and in the community at large.