Endorois women and persons with disabilities (PWDs) have pleaded with the national and county governments to consider them for upcoming governing positions and employment opportunities stating that they have been neglected for long.
The forum was led by Christine Kandie, the director of the Endorois Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (EIWEN).
The corporation held a consultative meeting to look into the extent of inclusion for Persons With Disabilities alongside marginalized ethnic minority groups in leadership and politics.
The event was held at a resort in Marigat town, Baringo sub-county on Saturday. It was attended by over 30 women and PWDs from Baringo, Laikipia, and Narok counties.
Kandie regretted that they had been sidelined in leadership opportunities. She, however, urged both national and county governments to consider the marginalized communities of Ilchamus, Endorois, Ogiek, and Persons With Disabilities in their leadership appointments. She encouraged residents to apply.
The director added that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) charter calls for inclusion and participation, respect to children with disabilities and equality between men and women. Article six of the charter mentions that women and girls with disabilities are discriminated against.
She added that women with disabilities are disadvantaged economically and socially.
Daudi Ruto, from the National Gender Equality Commission(NGEC) trained the participants on the importance of having all the different members of the society including PWDs, youth and marginalized groups are leadership represented.
He added that NGEC focuses on ensuring there is gender mainstreaming in all government sectors to assist in policy and decision making.
Joseph Chepkonga representing persons with disabilities stated that the right representation was vital for the progress of the development agenda and appreciated the organization for its continued empowerment programs in the community.
They agreed upon an action plan comprised of participation in all categories, civic education, proper planning, having the necessary qualifications, and fulfillment of the requisitions of chapter six of the constitution of Kenya.
BY CHRISTINE OMONDI