Kenya: First Lady Urges Women to Seek Elective Positions


First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is rooting for enhanced gender equality and women empowerment, especially during this Covid-19 era.

The First Lady who spoke during the virtual celebrations to mark International Women Day last week, noted the need for a level playing field for women and girls irrespective of their race, religion or social background.

She said women must raise their voices against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages, which impede girls’ pathway to reaching their gifted potential.

Ms Kenyatta encouraged more women to actively seek elective and other positions of leadership both at national and county levels.

While applauding the current 23 per cent representation of women in the National Assembly, the First Lady said more work needed to be done to achieve the constitutionally proposed two-thirds gender representation.

“Let us continue working, together, for the progress we all believe in. And let us begin with ourselves, in our own spaces, in our homes, in our schools and with our children. We know that women can bring a difference in leadership by ensuring the needs and aspirations of women and men, boys and girls are addressed equitably,” she said as she rooted for enhanced women empowerment, especially during the Covid-19 era.

Bouncing back better

This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) under the theme ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’ was celebrated last Monday.