Young girls and women from Nairobi’s informal areas have a reason to smile after Nairobi-based business tycoon and Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Agnes Kagure made a firm pledge to act decisively on the recurring sanitary pads shortage that they have to deal with. Despite devolution being a game-changer in Kenya’s social and economic front, women from low-income areas still have to deal with a lot of difficulties in accessing sanitary pads.
Through her social media handles, the politician and gender activist promised to push for the definitive legislation and embedment into policy, frameworks that would ease the access and provision of sanitary towels to those who need it most – less privileged girls and women in low-income areas.
“While we continue the push for a level playing field for women at the national leadership table, we must not forget the challenges faced by young women in our forgotten estates and villages; the need to improve their welfare is, and should be the chief motivation. Gender-specific challenges such as access to sanitary pads are policy and goodwill matters that we should decisively deal with once and for all.
I’m keen on having Nairobi County be a pace-setter on this. Through legislative action policies and purposeful partnerships, we can give our girls and women the best, which they rightfully deserve. Better days await us ahead!
Her Facebook post read.
Agnes Kagure has carved a niche for herself as a leader conscious of the needs of her people and despite missing out on the Jubilee Part’s nomination selection, she still maintains popular support in the gubernatorial race slated for August as an Independent candidate. Others in the race include UDA’s Johnson Sakaja and newcomer Polycarp Igathe.
The 2022 election has seen the emergence of a record number of female aspirants with the gender debate shaping the election. Given her record, Hon. Agnes Kagure has emerged as a leading woman leader, being the only woman seeking the Nairobi gubernatorial seat, and being discussed in the same breath with Martha Karua, Azimio La Umoja’s Deputy Presidential candidate.