Maendeleo Ya Wanawake(MAYO) organization is working with the government towards the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
As the organization begins countrywide celebrations to marks its 70th anniversary, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Gender Senior Citizen Affairs, and Special Programmes Professor Margaret Kobia, has recognized its efforts in marshaling grassroots women and supporting the government in implementing and coordinating policies regarding women in leadership, economic empowerment, eradication of gender-based violence, and efforts to control Female Genital Mutilation in the country.
“I want to applaud the current National Executive Council and the Organization’s governing body for committing to strengthen governance and the focus of the organization to great prosperity,” she noted.
The CS, speaking during the 70th Anniversary of the Organization in Kakamega, stated that according to the Gender Development Index that measures a country’s access to education, health, life expectancy, and wellbeing, Kenya has improved from number 118 in 2018 to position 95 in 2020 out of 186 countries that were evaluated.
“Part of this success can be attributed to the work that is done through MAYO, over the past five or so decades several women through MAYO have had an opportunity to lead and have had tremendous contribution in this country and beyond,” she noted.
CS Kobia together with Sports, culture, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed graced the occasion that has seen tremendous growth of the organization’s membership to more than four million.
CS Amina noted that Maendeleo ya Wanawake is a strong institution with a clear vision that is responding very well to the needs of its members.
She said the organization has groomed women leaders, its pioneers, and trailblazers whose courage in leadership paved the way and gave hope for more women to seek leadership positions.
To continue the Legacy and support made by Pioneers of the Organization, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake’s leadership has signed partnerships with Equity Bank, Dumu Tanks, and Musoni Microfinance Organizations to provide water tanks to grassroots women across the country.
MAYO targets to reach out to 4million households to access water tanks through affordable credit facilities by December 2030.