Nairobi, Kenya – AWEPA’s President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet, undertook a visit to Nairobi in Kenya to sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on 27 May 2016 designed to strengthen AWEPA’s engagement in Kenya.
The first MoU, signed with the Parliament of Kenya through the Parliamentary Service Commission, covers the provision of services and facilities to ensure the efficient and effective function of the Parliament under article 127 of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya.
Through its work with the Parliament, AWEPA will focus on capacity building and parliamentary exchange, thematic programmes regarding the mobilisation of parliamentary action or development related issues, and parliamentary democracy.
The MoU, which was signed in the Boardroom of the Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly, Hon. Justin Muturi, represents a renewal of a pre-existing MoU entered into in 2011 for the period 2016-22.
Present at the signing were the Chair of the Parliamentary Service Commission, the Speaker of the National Assembly, and Ms. Miet Smet. Witnesses included the Clerk of Senate/Secretary of the Parliamentary Service Commission, Mr Jeremiah Nyengenye, and Mr. Johan Van Hecke, AWEPA’s Political Coordinator for Kenya and Uganda.
The second MoU was signed with the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA).
The purpose of this MOU is to strengthen the collaboration between the two associations and, more specifically, to establish KEWOPA Caucus Chapters. This will be achieved through capacity building for women members of the County Assemblies as well as the induction of women members of both the Parliament and the Assemblies.
The signing was attended by a number of representatives of KEWOPA, including Hon. Judith Sijany, who was present on behalf of the organisation’s Chair; Hon Cecilie Mbarire; Programme Coordinator Ms. Edith Imunde; and Programme Manager Ms. Mercy Mwangi.
The meeting provided an opportunity to address issues affecting women parliamentarians and women in general. Attendees discussed efforts towards the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), as well as the poor representation of women in the Kenyan Parliament in the wake of the failed two-thirds gender rule.
Areas of mutual understanding will be strengthened through this agreement which covers the period 2016-2020.