Gender and Youth sector board meeting with Women on Boards Network

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The Women on Boards Network (WOBN) made a presentation during the monthly Gender and Youth sector board meeting highlighting the work that the network is engaged in. The sector board chair Ms. Eva Muraya emphasized the timeliness of the presentation noting that the agenda falls squally in line with the sector’s key engagement agenda; supplier diversity and board diversity and youth agenda.

Ms. Catherine Musakali, the WOBN Founder gave a brief on the network which is an initiative that aims at encouraging and accelerating diversity on Boards by ensuring that there is a pool of Board ready women. Additionally, that those women already sitting on boards have an avenue for networking and sharing experiences with a view to becoming better directors. The Network runs various training, coaching and mentorship programs, conferences, round table breakfasts and board talks for members.

There are 4 different categories that women can join including women in top management; women who have newly been appointed to boards; women who have retired from boards and a junior category for those between 12y years and in high school. Additionally, they are looking towards having more frequent engagements at the county levels to increase inclusivity while at the same time developing partnerships to allow women to sit in international boards.

The sector board chair Ms. Eva Muraya commended the initiative noting that it presented an excellent opportunity for women to grow in their capacity.  Closely related, she mentioned that the sector board was working towards a project on inclusive business procurement for women in business and envisages to:

1) Build the business capacity and increase market share of women-owned businesses;

2) To have the private sector embrace sustainable development goals and have inclusive business models that help close the gender gap through inclusion of women-owned businesses in value chains.