UK High Commission staff pledge to help progress gender equality on International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2017
International Women's Day 2017 at the UK High Commission in Nairobi. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

To mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday, staff at the UK High Commissions for Kenya and Somalia used the day to celebrate the achievements of women and made personal declarations of their own bold actions to help progress gender equality.

On their Facebook page, they stated that they are “striving to create a more gender inclusive world.”

Declarations made included “never (again) to sit on an all male panel” and to ensure interview panels select a balanced field of candidates.

Also on International Women’s Day, the UK’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, met beneficiaries of the UKaid supported Hunger Safety Net Programme’s cash transfer intervention that delivers social protection assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable households in Northern Kenya.

Meanwhile, the Head of the UK’s Department for International Development in Kenya, Pete Vowles, spent International Women’s Day at the refugee camp in Dadaab where he met with those making the difficult decision whether or not to return home to Somalia.

Back in the UK, students from Sussex University’s School of Business, Management and Economics celebrated the day by holding a bake sale to raise money for UK based charity Team Kenya, which works to educate girls, empower women and transform communities in rural Western Kenya.