US First Lady, Jill Biden commended young Kenyans for learning about safe sex and dating practices, while attending a gathering of women who have created their own banking system.
Jill Biden also spoke to local business people supported by a program helping tractor owners and connecting farmers.
The three programs aim to help women and young people take control of their lives so that they can feed themselves and their families.
Biden this week highlighted U.S.-backed efforts to empower those groups during a five-day visit to two nations in Africa.
“These are issues that really all people need to talk about and yet, somehow, they don’t, and the consequences of not talking about it are so dire,” Biden told dozens of young people after talking with them about safe sex,
In a tent where young people were networking, they showed her a questionnaire that they used to encourage discussion. Question one: “What would you say if I said I have a condom in my pocket?”
Biden laughed. “And this is the first time they’re meeting?” she asked.
One brave individual said these candid suggestions help teenagers and young adults overcome their shyness, noting that sometimes it’s easier to ask these kinds of questions to strangers.
The First Lady said, “I’m surprised you didn’t start with ‘What is your greatest achievement?'” rather than “I have a condom in my pocket.”
The festival is a collaboration with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which works with USAID and the President’s Contingency Plan for AIDS Relief to teach Kenyan youth how to avoid contracting HIV, which causes AIDS.
Biden, who is on day four of his five-day trip to Namibia and Kenya, has spent the week promoting this program, and it also program that helps women and young people learn skills that help them start businesses to find or create.
His visit is part of President Joe Biden’s commitment to deepening US engagement with countries in Africa, many of which feel ignored by the US.
Part of that effort also revolves around combating China’s grip on the continent, which Beijing has gained through increased trade, spending on roads, and other public works projects.