The National Gender and Equality Commission joined other stakeholders in marking this year’s International Day for Older Persons at the Kenyatta Stadium urging the Government to fast track the older persons’ care and protection bill.
In his speech during the occasion, the commission vice chair, Comm. Simon Ndubai decried the deteriorating state of care for older members of the society and the continued abandonment by their children despite investing their resources in raising them up and called on them to take care of their aging parents. He further noted the need to use mobile money transfer in the implementation of the cash transfer programme for the vulnerable persons owing to its penetration and cost effectiveness in transferring the unconditional cash transfer.
The guest speaker Ali Noor, PS ministry of labour social security and services reiterated the government’s commitment in protecting the older persons through the continuous effort of up scaling the cash transfer programme to the most vulnerable among the older persons. Other speakers noted the critical role played by older members of the society among them a source of reference in our society’s culture and their wisdom and therefore the need to include them in all spheres of development.
This year’s theme of the celebrations was ‘sustainability and age inclusiveness in the urban environment’.