The Ministry of Public Service and Gender in collaboration with stakeholders championing girls and women agenda has established the Trailblazer Programme to identify, recognise, reward and celebrate women leaders who have made significant contributions to Kenya’s political and socio-economic transformation.
This is in line with the Government’s commitment to promote gender equality and women empowerment programmes as spelt out in the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The steady progress made in implementing these global commitments has earned Kenya international recognition.
Nairobi hosted one of the four UN World Conferences on Women in 1985. Others were held in Mexico City (1975), Copenhagen (1980) and Beijing (1995). Kenya is therefore playing a strategic role in shaping the global agenda on women empowerment and gender equality, particularly in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
At the heart of this progress are transformative women leaders who have championed and expanded horizons in various subject areas such as education, politics, governance, law and jurisprudence and literature. They have inspired many in the cause of their campaigns, and continue to contribute to nation building through peace efforts, diplomacy, arbitration, public policy reforms, community service and as advisors in both public and private institutions.
Another key pillar of the Trailblazer Programme is youth leadership. We seek to tap the experiences, lessons and achievements of women leaders to mentor and inspire the next generation.