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KENYAN WOMEN CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Kenyan women are occupying technological space through their innovations and App, intended to promote the life of its people and economy of the Nation.

The women have proven to be a pacesetter; apart from being a Mother and Wife they are innovators, entrepreneurs, activist, and successors.

The women decided to celebrate their achievement by marking the International Women’s day today at Kenya School of Government in Kabete, Nairobi alongside with a book launch; though the annual global date is March 8th.

The book titled “Pioneers & Transformers: The Journey of Women Trailblazers in Kenya” was launched by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. The book celebrates the achievements and the journeys of women as mothers, wives, entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, activist, conservationists and politicians.

The First Lady also launched a curriculum on women leadership, which will be used to train women interested in politics.

She commended the efforts of Kenyan women and their dreams “Innovation unlocks opportunities by placing people at the heart of development and programs that empower their lives,” she said.

She cited various innovations that have transformed households and communities in Kenya such as M-Pesa and the Kenya Women’s Finance Trust’s mobile banking solutions. She said these innovations have unlocked opportunities for millions of women in the rural areas across the country.

“Tele-medicine has saved many lives of mothers and children in hard to reach remote areas,” said the First Lady.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is, ‘Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for Change.’

The theme places innovation at the centre of development especially the role played by women innovators and the impact of their innovations on gender equality and women empowerment.

“We celebrate our Kenyan women who are not only consumers of innovation, but also influencers in the innovation space – for providing real solutions using limited resources to improve women and girls with access to infrastructure and public service,” I especially want to recognise the school girls who came up with sensors for explosive devices; girls who produced mobile apps to fight Female Genital Mutilation; and girls who developed sensors to alert and avert human wildlife conflict, amongst others. You have made us proud,” the first lady said.

She challenged eminent women in the country to embrace this year’s theme and start mentoring young women to take up science subjects in schools and colleges and also encourage them to enroll in Technical and Industrial Vocational courses to enable them fully participate in the country’s development.

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs CS Margaret Kobia said her ministry would continue to strengthen the policy framework to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

She said her ministry has put in measures to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women and men.

“I am happy to report that since the last International Women’s Day, the country’s endeavor to realize the right to equal opportunities in all spheres for men and women, girls and boys has been remarkable and remains on course,” said CS Kobia.

Spouse to former Prime Minister Ida Odinga condemned the Court of Appeal judge’s proposal to lower the age of girls consent to sex from 18 years to 16 years saying it is unconstitutional and urged women to reject such a proposal.

Mrs Odinga said at age 16, a girl has not matured enough to make independent decisions on such weighty matters.

 Source: Kabuubi Media Africaa

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