KEPSA gender and Youth Sector Board led by the Vice Chair, Ms. Waithera Gaitho, held its monthly sector board meeting on Wednesday, 6th November 2019 at KEPSA Offices. The meeting focused on the progress of the subsector working groups.
On matters regarding Board Diversity, Ms. Lucille Aveva updated members on the concept and policy paper that the subsector board is developing for adoption and uptake for implementation by the private sector organizations. This, she said, would seek to invigorate gender-responsive approach within the companies, thus promoting diversity and inclusion and ensuring that women, youth and persons with disabilities are integrated into elective and appointive leadership positions.
While speaking on Youth subsector, Mr. Ngatia Muhoya re-emphasized the youth entrepreneurship hub approach that the sector board is working on, highlighting that there are opportunities to synergize with the KEPSA Business hub. Members reiterated the need to emphasize approaches geared towards equipping the youth with employability skills to build their workplace skills as well as employment networking.
The sector board members were also apprised of the fourth engagement between the sector board and the KEPSA Business Hub and Embassy of the Ireland partnership that hosted a Women in Business Tax seminar on 4th November 2019 at Panafric Hotel. This was planned as a result of feedback received as a need from members and other stakeholders during the Embassy led mentorship program.
During the meeting, members received a presentation from Mr. Sahil Shah on the draft KEPSA Business Hub Strategy thus identifying areas of synergy especially on the pillar of the special program of the hub. Another presentation was delivered by Dr. Dorcas Muthoni, the CEO & Founder of Open Business Africa focusing on a partnership with Google towards building digital skills through building online marketing foundations for business start-ups.