Susie Kitchens pledges to #PressForProgress on International Women’s Day

Susie Kitchens
UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens.

The Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens, used International Women’s Day (IWD) to talk about a woman who has inspired her and pledged support the IWD 2018 campaign theme #PressForProgress by mentoring women and girls in Kenya and around the world.

This year’s theme of #PressForProgress was chosen after the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings which revealed that gender parity is over 200 years away.

Ms Kitchens also co-authored an article in The Standard with Canadian High Commissioner Sara Hradecky and Swedish Ambassador Anna Jardfelt. In it they discussed how the UK parliament now contains the highest proportion of women ever at 32 per cent but a list of CEO’s from the UK’s top 100 firms included more men called David than women.

They also highlighted the positive progress in Kenya where the percentage of girls and boys sitting the KCPE and KCSEs nationwide is now almost equal, and how in last year’s elections more women won seats than ever before. However, they acknowledged that there remains a lot which needs to be done.

Highlighting the situation in Kenya, the three diplomats said the first step was to recognise the barriers to gender equality and then work together to address them. Secondly, that “women and girls should be included in decision making, recognising their successes and encouraging them to fulfil their potential as future leaders, in politics, in business and in our societies.”