In Summary
  • Mr Trudeau shared efforts and progress made in levelling the playing field for women to take on leadership.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to address opportunities for more women to get in power, education for all children and an end to female genital mutilation.

Mr Kenyatta was responding to a question on how he was going to use his power during the opening of the four-day Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

“I want to be able to continue giving opportunity to women where they can show that they can deliver just as well as men. That focus I will keep on with,” he said on Monday at the opening panel of the largest gathering on gender equality.

Mr Kenyatta sat side by side with Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia and women activists.

EDUCATION

He added: “The second is education; to ensure that no child is out of school and every single child is through primary and secondary education… this will show that these girls have an opportunity over and above just doing household chores at home and looking after their brothers.”

According to global campaign group Girls Not Brides, more than one in five girls in Kenya are married before their 18th birthday.

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