CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT AACC
The Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice Department, under the leadership of the Director, Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki, organized the celebration of the International Women’s Day at the AACC Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on 8th March 2017. The General Secretary was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Bright Mawudor.
The staff of the AACC were joined by women leaders from AACC member churches and representatives from partner organizations and other religious bodies, such as the Fellowship of Christian Councils and churches in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA), Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), the Interreligious Council of Kenya, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF), the World Christian Student Federation (WSCF), the Catholic Women Network, the Women of Faith Network, ARIGATOU International, etc. and some scholars and students from the Catholic University of East Africa studying Law and Gender Justice.
The celebration consisted of a devotion and a talk on the theme of the day: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. During the devotion, participants asked for forgiveness for where they have not played their part as individuals and as communities to promote women. They also thanked God for his blessings and interceded for drought stricken populations and people suffering from floods.
The Guest Speaker was Ms. Jebbeh Forster, the Peace, Security, Leadership and Governance Advisor at UN Women. She shared from her rich personal experience and her work on Gender issues and mentoring of the youth. Key highlights of her presentation focused on elimination of discrimination in education, decent work and economic empowerment of women, equality in laws and benefits, recognition of unpaid work done by women, empowerment of women in agri-business, promotion of support mechanism of preventing sexual harassment of women in the work place and violence against women.
She urged all stakeholders, especially religious bodies, to work on changing the mindsets through an Action Plan, and set targets for women empowerment and gender equality in order to achieve SDG Goal 8, on decent work and economic empowerment, which aims at “promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. She also referred to seven (7) principles, which are used by UN Women to encourage the world in that regard.
- Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
- Treat all women and men fairly at work—respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination;
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
- Promote education, training and professional development for women;
- Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
- Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy;
- Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.