Lobby in plea to women accountants

The Association of Women Accountants of Kenya (AWAK) has launched a campaign aimed at encouraging more women to join the body.
Through the drive, the lobby group hopes to increase its membership from the current 500 to over 1000 by 2016.
AWAK Chairperson Jeniffer Kamande says more women, especially those in the accounting practice should join the association so that we address issues of corporate governance in the country.
‘‘It is easy to lobby for gender balance and inclusion in key decision making positions so as to promote good governance and integrity in private and public sector organizations as a unified group,’’ she said during a dinner organized by AWAK.
“So far, we have been building capacity of our members by providing requisite tools and programmes in – public financial management, payment system management and corporate governance, simple steps that we believe will change our women accountants in the country,” she explained.
She added: “We are calling upon like-minded organizations to partner with us so that we bolster the accounting practice in Kenya.”
Strathmore University lecturer Priscah Oluoch challenged women accountants to fully understand the ethics of integrity and leadership for them to grow in the profession.
Themed leadership and integrity, the annual event brought together over 200 members and served as an opportunity to educate and inspire members seeking positions in the future.

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