The Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) recently participated in a significant strategic dialogue event hosted by Trade Mark Africa at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi. This event was organized as part of the global campaign known as the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).” AWAK joined other key stakeholders, including policymakers, representatives from the private sector, civil society organizations, women in business and trade, and development partners, in a robust discussion focused on addressing GBV and its impact on women’s participation in trade.
During the dialogue, participants engaged in constructive conversations regarding the pervasive issue of violence, which often serves as a barrier to women’s meaningful involvement in various economic activities, particularly in the realm of trade. The discussions encompassed a wide range of topics, including policy and practice reforms aimed at combatting GBV, sharing valuable lessons learned, and identifying opportunities for collaborative efforts to tackle this challenge effectively. The overarching goal was to create an enabling environment where women can thrive and prosper in their business endeavors without fear of violence or discrimination.
AWAK reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to amplifying the voices of women in agriculture, including those engaged in agribusiness, many of whom are among the most vulnerable members of society. The organization emphasized its stance against all forms of violence encountered by women in their professional pursuits. By participating in events such as the strategic dialogue organized by Trade Mark Africa, AWAK continues to advocate for the economic empowerment of women and actively contributes to the broader discourse on gender equality and social justice.
Through initiatives like the 16 Days of Activism against GBV, AWAK reinforces its dedication to promoting gender-sensitive policies, fostering inclusive economic growth, and advancing the rights and well-being of women across Kenya. As the organization continues its advocacy efforts, it remains steadfast in its mission to create a more equitable and prosperous future for all women engaged in agriculture and related sectors.
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