NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Monday urged Kenya to
advance gender equality in order to boost economic growth.
Coordinator in Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee told a women forum in
Nairobi that Kenya has already made strides in reducing gender
inequality but more progress is required.
“Kenya needs to
fully empower women so that the country can realize high
economic growth and development,” Chatterjee said during the
Timeless Women Conference.
The three-day event
aims to connect women enterprises in Africa with global and
Chatterjee said an
economy cannot perform at optimal levels if half of the
population is excluded from gainful economic activity.
He noted that it is
crucial for governments to ensure that women are fully involved
in the workforce by removing barriers that hold back women from
achieving their full potential.
He called on men to
fight for the advancement of women rights for the betterment of
Chatterjee, who is
also the UN Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative
to Kenya, added that women have to be empowered from the
national level to the household level.
He noted that every
year, sub-Saharan Africa loses 95 billion U.S. dollars due to
The UN official
added that when women and girls are empowered they have control
over their bodies and can decide when to have children.
“This is fundamental
as it enables women to gain skills and join the labor force so
as to contribute to the economic well-being of society,” he