Governor Amason Kingi has hailed women in Kilifi County for taking a leading role in ensuring Kilifi becomes a better place especially in education and leadership matters.

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 "They play an important role that cuts across economic, social, political matters," he said.

Kingi who led International Women’s Day celebrations in MP Teddy Mwambire's Ganze Sub-County, said as a government, they have taken deliberate measures which include striking a gender balance in public office appointments so as to empower women and actively engage them in building a dynamic and inclusive Kilifi County community.

"We are furthering opportunities for women by supporting self-help groups and advancing credit to finance start-ups small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)."

He cited the recently launched Kilifi County Micro-Finance Fund popularly Known as "Mbegu Fund" saying it will complement efforts to advance their interests through self-help groups as the County government liaises with the Department of Gender and Social services to train women on procurement procedures hence equipping them with relevant skills needed to win government tenders.

During the International Women’s Day celebrations, speakers who included Malindi lawmaker Aisha Jumwa, Kilifi County Woman Representative Gertrude Mbeyu and Teddy Mwambire called for gender equity and inclusivity of women in matters of development.