The strong position of women in politics, and health and education issues, were taken up during the visit of Moses Cheboi, Deputy Speaker of the Kenyan Parliament, and his delegation in the Finnish Parliament on Thursday, 15 March. The guests met Speaker Paula Risikko, Deputy Speaker Mauri Pekkarinen, and Eero Heinäluoma (Social Democratic Party), Chair of the Audit Committee.
Deputy Speaker Cheboi said that one of the main reasons for his visit was that Finland is known as a pioneer in equality and defending the political rights of women. The aim in Kenya is that women will make up one third of the members of parliament compared to the current ten per cent. Cheboi praised Finland for strengthening the political participation of women.
Health and education issues were also taken up in the discussions. According to Cheboi, people in Kenya admire Finland's free school system and look for more efficient models for treating illnesses that become common as the standard of living rises. Investments in the health sector and education were considered possible in Kenya.