Submitted by: International Finance Corporation
Categories: Community Development
Posted: Jun 02, 2006 – 12:00 AM EST
The studies, Gender and Economic Growth Assessment and Voices of Women Entrepreneurs in Kenya, were commissioned by the Kenyan Ministry of Trade and Industry and conducted by IFC and the World Bank.
"Gender inequality is a serious economic issue in Kenya. Addressing it will improve the situation of women, families, and society as a whole," said David Nalo, the Permanent Secretary of Kenya's Ministry of Trade and Industry. World Bank Country Manager Colin Bruce added, "The Kenyan government has been quick to act on the recommendations on gender and economic growth. The Ministry of Trade and Industry's first Private Sector Development Strategy 2006-2010 already incorporates important gender considerations."
The study Gender and Economic Growth Assessment in Kenya underscores the importance of addressing legislative and cultural issues and draws on international best practice. Voices of Women Entrepreneurs in Kenya is a complementary tool for advocacy and is based on a series of interviews with women business owners. The two reports are the result of extensive consultations with both public and private sector stakeholders.
One of the main findings of the reports is a lack of training of female business owners and government officials on effective strategies to push for reforms. The issue will be tackled during a Gender and Economics Workshop that is being hosted by the World Bank Group in Nairobi on May 29-31. The World Bank Group will also deliver training to help local women's and private sector groups further enhance Kenya's gender and economic growth agenda.
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