Female politicians from the coast region have been tasked to strive to attain gender equality goals.
The women leaders were asked to understand their roles in the society and work towards achieving them.
Speaking at Kwale Women prison, Kwale County during International Women’s day commemoration, Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed noted that female politician have deserted their roles and become flower girls for their male counterparts.
She said such laziness has negatively impacted the society especially at the Coastal Kenya.
The Gender and children rights activist reiterated the importance of women leaders in working with the community at grassroots level so as to attain gender parity objectives.
“Our women political leaders have failed us, they have ‘killed’ our high hopes in ensuring more women cling to power in future elections,” noted Ms Hemed.
She said women leaders are expected to take the lead role, spearheading grassroots women empowerment and engagement forums.
Meanwhile she has commended the efforts by Gender activist in the region saying they have positively impacted the society.
She noted that despite challenges, the community is reporting gender based violence cases to authorities and push for a conclusion.
[Radio Kaya Head of News and Fataki ya ukweli talk show host Mwahoka Mtsumi (seated) and Gender activist Salma Hemed (Back row, centre) with other women activists during a live talk show at Radio Kaya studios. Photo/courtesy].
“By breaking the silence among our own society, we are safeguarding the future of our children from perpetrators,” noted the activist.
She appealed for a communal approach on matters revolving around gender based violence at the Coast.
She revealed that sexual violence was on the rise in the region and blamed the sluggish manner in containing the societal evils.
She however appealed to the security agencies to assist in netting and punishing perpetrators of gender and sexual violence in the region.