Alongside the new book, the First Lady also unveiled the Status Report (2016) on women developed by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs. The country’s heroines were identified in three categories starting with foremost legends of pre-colonial Kenya (1900-1963) that grouped several prominent women who either resisted British Colonialism or suffered under their rule. This group included heroines like Mekatilili wa Menza, Wangu wa Makeri (recognized post-humously) , Field Marshall Muthoni Kirima (who was present) and Mama Ngina Kenyatta who was imprisoned by the British alongside Mukami Kimathi at Kamiti. The second group of foremost heroines in post independent Kenya included all the women who have left huge foot prints in Kenya’s socio, economic, educational and political landscape. They included Nobel Prize Laureate, the late Prof. Wangari Maathai , Jane Kiano, Honorine Kiplagat, Zipporah Kitony, Justice Effie Owuor (first female judge), Prof Wanjiku Kabira , Muthoni Likimani (author), Terry Kantai who led the first Women Bureau, Jael Mbogo ( first female member and political activist in Ford Kenya), Tabitha Seii, Eddah Gachukia (educationist), Phoebe Asiyo and Martha Karua. The third group includes younger heroines who have made an impact in Kenya’s history in various fields including the media and the military. Speaking at the ceremony held at a Nairobi Hotel, the First Lady described the heroines as a special group of women whose efforts were yet to be fully appreciated. “We celebrate you for your unsung diligence and dedication to this country, our communities, and our families . It is appropriate that in line with this years’ theme of being bold for change, we are here in part to recognize some remarkable women in our history who have had an incredible impact on our country either individually or through collective action. ”, said the First Lady. She said it was important to recognize the women who had both stood up and stepped out in audacious ways to make their voices heard, champion political change and economically empower many Kenyan families. “They have paved the way for the rest of us, and without them, I doubt any of us would be what we are.”, she said The First Lady expressed concern that history tends to marginalize women’s positive contributions adding that the new book that she launched and the Status report on women will correct this perception. The Status report on women is a detailed document assessing the progress Kenya has made, and the challenges that are faced in the work of advancing gender equality nationally. The First Lady said the report will be critical to guiding all stakeholders towards strategic interventions that most effectively address some of the pressing issues facing women today “It is heartening to read about some of the gains we have made as a country over the last ten years, and my hope is that we will see bigger strides and advancements over the next decade.”, she added.
April 18, 2019 In Latest News