Narok County Commissioner, Kipkech Lotiatia, has called upon all residents within the county to rally behind programs aimed at empowering women and girls.

This call to action came during the launch of scholarships for needy students by Narok Women Representative, Rebecca Tonkei, where a total of Sh8 million was disbursed to 200 deserving students.

Lotiatia emphasized the importance of supporting initiatives geared towards enhancing the livelihoods of women and girls within communities. He highlighted that marginalizing women in employment and education contradicts the principles of equality and inclusivity.

Asserting the need for gender equality, Lotiatia urged stakeholders to collaborate with National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) in raising awareness about Gender-Based Violence (GBV) within communities. He expressed concern over reported cases of GBV, some of which have resulted in fatalities, emphasizing the urgency of addressing this issue.

Regarding the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Narok County, which stands at 20% according to statistics, Lotiatia called upon women to take the lead in eradicating this harmful practice. He appealed for collective efforts towards achieving a 0% prevalence of FGM, underscoring the pivotal role of women and stakeholders in advocating against it.

Lotiatia debunked the misconception that uncircumcised girls face marriage challenges, labeling it as false. He urged the community to dispel such harmful beliefs.

Addressing security concerns, the County Commissioner called upon churches, local peace ambassadors, and community groups to spearhead peace initiatives, particularly in areas affected by recent skirmishes, such as the Trans Mara West sub-county. Tensions between two communities over land and border issues necessitate proactive peace sensitization efforts.

Lotiatia issued a stern warning against individuals, particularly women, who incite conflict through provocative actions. He emphasized that such behavior would not be tolerated, and perpetrators would face legal consequences.

While urging local leaders to engage in dialogue to resolve conflicts peacefully, Lotiatia assured that the law would be enforced rigorously against those fueling violence.

The event, held at Ole Ntimama Stadium, was attended by prominent leaders including East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP, David Ole Sankok, and Kiambu County Women Representative, Anne Muratha, among others.

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