Nairobi County Women Representative Esther Passaris has set out her agenda for Nairobi County for the next 5years.
In an event dubbed Vital Voices Mentorship Walk held at Nairobi Arboretum yesterday and attended by leaders from all wards across the 17 constituencies in Nairobi, the Nairobi MP had invited representatives of the youth, women and People With Disabilities. The meeting was also attended by sectional heads from her office as well as members of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) committee.
The event was called to collect opinion from local leaders on the activities/projects which should be given priority in their various wards.
Below are the top 4 agenda she promised to focus on among others;
• Mentorship: The dubbed Vital Voices Mentorship Walk, mainly focused on mentorship of women and youths. Vital Voices is an organization founded by former U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which Esther Passaris is a member.
Seek mentorship for all those who contested in the 2017 election/primaries but lost as well as all those who seek to join active politics in 2022.
Mentor the youth and women of Nairobi in business, her area of expertise, and help them start and run their own businesses.
• Environmental Conservation: she launched the agenda at Arboretum to emphasize the importance of conserving the environment in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs). She asked the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) not to arrest those who sell tree seedlings (usually carried in plastic paper bags) noting that even in the implementation of such laws, some exemptions must be made as better alternatives are being sought.
• Women and Youth Empowerment
Implementation of the #TwendeKazi initiative, a promise she made during her campaigns. This needs the backing of Nairobi residents to set up projects funded from the pockets of the citizens with the support of her office and fully owned by the people. Encouraged women and youths to join up in groups and apply for funds from the Women Enterprise Fund (WEF), Youth Fund, Uwezo Fund and NGAAF.
Offer mentorship on how they can use such loans to better their lives.
She delved into the controversial topic of Family Planning where she asked women to plan for their families and have only children they can be able to take care of.
• Health: Encouraged the government to equip the lower level hospitals so that KNH remains to be the referral hospital it should be. Promised to push for sanity in NHIF through the parliamentary committee on Health, which she is a member of, to ensure the scheme benefits the common citizen.
• Slum Eradication: Noted with a lot of concern the increasing number of informal settlements in Nairobi saying that they posed a lot of risks to the residents.
Promised to push to have contracts awarded to women when it comes to upgrading of slums.