Gender, Women, Youth and Persons living with Disability Pillar Chair Profile

Hon. Edna C.  Ruto, 

CECM Education and Acting PSM Kericho County

Educational Background:

Kipsigis Girls 1984-1987- KCE

  • Kipsigis Girls 1988-1989- KACE
  • Kenyatta University 1991-1994-B.Ed Arts
  • Egerton University – M.Ed Educational Management Planning and Economics

Career Progression:

  • Secondary School Principal 1998-2013
  • CECM Education Kericho County 2013-2014
  • CECM Public Service Management Kericho County 2014 -2018
  • Currently CECM Education and Acting PSM Kericho County

Pillar Lead Profile

Christine Murenga Wasike 

Educational Background:

  • Moi Girls Eldoret –KCE
  • Moi Forces Academy- KACE
  • Kenyatta University-B.ED Arts (English and Literature)
  • Kenyatta University –M.A Gender and Development
  • Kibabii University – MBA Strategic Management

Career Progression

  • Classroom teacher 1989-2009
  • Secondary School Principal 2000-2014
  • Bungoma County Chief Officer 2014-2019
    • Department of Gender, Youth , Culture & Sports
    • Department of Education Youth and Sports
    • Department of Trade,Energy and Industrialization
    • Acting in Departments of Roads and Public Works
    • Acting in Departments of Health
  • Currently Pillar 10 Director LREB

Strategic Goal – “An Engendered and Socio-Economically Empowered and Productive Society of the Bloc.” 

Strategic Objective – “To Promote Gender Equality Through Socio-Economic Empowerment of Men, Women, Youth, PWDs and Minority Groups by Mainstreaming them in the Development Process, Capacity Building, Social Protection, Community Participation and Public – Private Partnerships.”

  1. Gender Thematic Area

 The Gender Strategic Goal: “A Society of Empowered Men and Women Enjoying High Quality Life.”

The Gender Strategic Objective:To Strengthen Gender Mainstreaming in LREB Member Counties to Enhance Equal Access to Opportunities.” 

The following are the key Gender issues that need to be addressed;

  • Limited access, control and use of productive assets by the women
  • Unequal representation in social and political spheres
  • Un equal opportunities for education for girls and young women
  • Entrenched cultural and traditional practices that discriminate women and girls
  • Gender Based Violence


  1. Youth Thematic Area

 The Youth Strategic Goal: “Empowered Youth Actively Participating in Social, Economic, Legal and Political Aspects of Life.” 

The Youth Strategic Objective: “To Foster an Environment that Empowers Youth by Providing Appropriate Information, Education, Technical & Vocational Skills and Nurturing Talents for Sustainable Development.”


The following are the key Youth issues that need to be addressed;

  • Youth unemployment
  • Limited access and control of productive assets
  • Unequal representation in social and political spheres
  • Limited employability skills
  • Unresponsive education and training system


  1. PWDs Thematic Area

PWDs Strategic Goal: To improve livelihoods of all PWDs, Minorities and the Marginalized.” 

 PWDs Strategic Objective: “To Empower and Mainstream the PWDs, Minorities and the Marginalized in Enhancing their Capacity and Opportunities.” 

The following are the key issues of PWDs that need to be addressed;

  • Stigma
  • Limited data on PLWD
  • Unequal representation in social and political spheres
  • Inadequate access to information
  • Limited education and employability skills
  • Limited ability to undertake livelihoods activities
  • Inaccessible facilities like offices, social amenities toilets etc

The Flagship projects will be full integration and harmonisation of issues affecting Women, Youth, PWDs and the Marginalized into every aspect of public policies and programmes across all member counties of the Bloc. This will produce more focussed and responsive strategies for all the vulnerable groups.


The pillar will prioritize the following as its flagship projects

1 Gender Mainstreaming in all aspects of Development Mainstreaming Youth in all aspects of Development


Disability Mainstreaming (inclusion and accessibility)
2 Women Empowerment Youth Empowerment

(Youth Skills Development)

Empowerment of disabled persons
3 Gender disaggregated Data    
4 Affirmative Action Affirmative Action Affirmative Action

The pillar is in plans of developing a pillar sector plan that will envision its development agenda

Water, Environment and Climate Change Pillar focusses on sustainable management of environment and natural resources within the Bloc. It has come up with the following objectives;

  • Developing and implementing the Bloc’s Climate Change mitigation and resilience actions, including supporting the Bloc’s negotiations on climate change at regional level and formulation of Bloc’s Climate Change Strategy
  • Enhancing capacities of Member Counties to access timely environmental, natural resources, and climate change information for policy and decision-making, and development planning.
  • Coordination of efforts to combating land degradation. This will involve bringing together key actors and partners at various levels for a concerted action.
  • Advancing the Bloc’s Water and Sanitation agenda, in terms of implementation of the summit’s commitments on Water and Sanitation.
  • Facilitating the formulation and implementation of regional weather and climate services plans to enhance weather and climate service delivery for sustainable development through cooperation among member counties in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD)
  • Formulation of the Regional Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and and developing a Programme of Action (PoA) in line with the Sendai Framework for Action and National Disaster Risk Strategy.