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The Council of Governors (CoG) on 26th January 2024, held a consultative meeting with top women in leadership under the theme “Harnessing transformative leadership” at Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi. In attendance were key dignitaries including: Chief Justice Hon. Justice Martha Koome; Deputy Chief Justice, Deputy Speaker Hon. Gladys Boss Shollei; CoG Chair H.E Anne Waiguru; H.E Gladys Wanga; H.E Cecily Mbarire; H.E Fatuma Achani; Hon. Charity Ngilu; Director General of the United Nations Office, Nairobi Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura; Hon. Beatrice Elachi; Sen. Catherine Mumma and; KEWOPA Chair Hon. Leah Sankaire.
Taking cognizance of the need to collectively work together towards fostering inclusivity, gender equity and effective leadership, the forum provided an opportunity to engage in candid discussions on transformational women leadership and governance for the socio-economic growth of our Counties and Communities.
Delivering her remarks CoG boss H.E Anne Waiguru noted that the meeting had come at an opportune time as the women governors were currently developing their first Women Governors Caucus strategy. The strategy, dubbed G7, seeks to empower and support women leaders in demonstrating efficient, transformational and strategic governance within the devolved structures; amplify the collective voice of women on national and gender issues; create a women leaders networking platform across various sectors and; facilitate mentorship between seasoned leaders and emerging women and girls.
“Our vision is to have women led counties delivering on the promise of devolution and together, l believe we can do it. I also encourage more women to take up political and governance positions and not to shy away from venturing into their field of interest,” added the Kirinyaga Governor.
Chief Justice Martha Koome highlighted that the election of 7 women governors in the 2022 elections is a testament to the changing landscape of leadership in Kenya where women are increasingly recognized as equal stakeholders in the journey of nation-building, despite the elusive two-thirds gender rule.
“The development of the G7 strategy is critical in addressing the barriers that women face in rising to leadership and the unique challenges they encounter once in these roles,” added her Ladyship.
DG, UNON Zainab Hawa on her part said that leadership, especially in public office, can be a demanding journey hence creating a supportive environment where women leaders are valued, respected, and encouraged is crucial.
“Through mutual support, we can enhance our effectiveness as leaders and navigate through any challenges we may encounter. Let us continue to stand by one another and celebrate the remarkable achievements made thus far,” added Governor Fatuma Achani of Kwale County.
Her Homa Bay Counterpart H.E Gladys Wanga emphasized the need for leadership that is geared towards realizing the dreams and aspirations in the hearts and minds of every Kenyan adding that leadership is about service to the people.
While giving the vote of thanks Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire acknowledged the resilience and dedication depicted by the women leadership in their various roles further appreciating all the partners for their immense support towards this great initiative.

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