First Lady Jeannette Kagame calls for action to keep women safe – KT PRESS

First Lady Jeannette Kagame (L) and her Kenyan counterpart today

The First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame attended the International Women’s Day celebration in Nairobi, Kenya today, calling for addressing global indifference towards issues of sustainability and climate change mitigation.

Ms Kagame said that women have been victims of gender inequality and this has also been seen in the grim figures of the gender divide and emerging threats as climate change and the depletion of resources, women were the first in the causal line.

For instance; figures show that it will take more than 135 years (until 2157) to close the gender gap.

Moreover, women represent 70% of the world’s poor and this makes them vulnerable to the consequences of humanitarian disasters. In other figures, women make up 80% of those displaced by climate change.

Ms Kagame said that therefore to stand aside as resources are mischanneled and depleted and natural disasters increase is at best to accept a fate that robs the majority of the world’s women of their homes and robs them of their dignity.

“We must respond to the global indifference towards the issue of sustainability and climate change mitigation,” Ms Kagame said.

First Lady Jeannette Kagame addressing the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta

She noted that passivity has poisoned the world to keep its eyes closed and deny justice to a young generation and a population that is eminently threatened with extinction by climate change, but good examples of heroes and environmental initiatives should be an example that this can be changed.

For instance; Ms. Kagame named Wangari Mathai of Kenya the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and advocated for environmental responsibility and women’s rights; whose lives work, the First Lady of Rwanda said she should be a forum to empower all to be decisive in honor of people who have embarked on Mission Green.

Ms. Kagame also said that a shift in Africa’s green mission is possible given the results recorded since the establishment of the Rwanda Green Fund – which has created over 176,000 green jobs with a positive impact on well-being. being men and women in Rwanda with 60% jobs in Rwanda. last sex.

“The numbers are more than encouraging…These numbers offer compelling proof that mitigation, sustainability and gender equality are interdependent,” the First Lady said.

With this, Mrs. Kagame called on every youth, organization, institution or government body that desires a bright future to ensure that sustainability is achieved by easing the burden on women.

Ms Kagame joined Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the Kenya School of Government (KSG-Kabete) where women from all walks of life danced and celebrated International Women’s Day in style.

As part of this celebration, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta inaugurated the Margaret Kenyatta Institute for Gender and Social Development, in collaboration between Beyond Zero and the Kenya School of Government.

Mara R. Wilmoth