SPEECH BY HER EXCELLENCY MARGARET KENYATTA, FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA DURING THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LADY SPOUSES ASSOCIATION OF KENYA NALSA (K) NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST AT ST. ANDREW’S P.C.E.A., NAIROBI ON 10TH MARCH 2017.

On June 23, 2018 In Statements and Speeches

Our host, St Andrews Church,

Esteemed women, 

Religious Leaders,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning. 

Let me begin by thanking the NALSA Coordinating Committee, lead by your chairperson, Jackie Kiaraho, for bringing us together once again for this year’s prayer breakfast.

I am honoured to be among you to join hands in prayer on the theme ‘Restoration of Family & Social Values & The Promotion of Peace’.

I will keep my remarks brief because today is a day for quiet reflection and prayer rather than to rhetoric.

Each year we come together as women, wives and mothers. As always, these unshakable identities have a direct bearing on our citizenship, our world view, and how we interact with our civil responsibilities.

As women, we know the disproportionate double risks that violence poses for our gender; as mothers we raise our children in the hope that they will live to their potential; as wives and mothers we understand the critical importance that marriage and motherhood have in our society and we know full well a stable family unit is the foundation of a stable country.

 

But we live in a time when families are under siege and our peace is often threatened. It is an unspeakable tragedy to have them recklessly broken and dreams stolen.

In the face of these daunting challenges which intrude on our solitude, and loom as an unwelcome reminder of our limitations, we have three options.

We can throw our hands up and resign ourselves to the trajectory of social reality.

We can try to single handedly wrestle these pervasive issues to the ground only to find that we are incapable;

Or we can yield to God. We can pray!

Today, without apology, we choose the third path. But alongside it we must also recognize our individual responsibilities - and that is to ensure that our personal lives and choices align to the values we espouse and want to see protected in society.

We must act and ensure that as citizens we are seeking positive social change. Widespread social change CAN be the result of our cumulative efforts.

We must persevere in these efforts knowing that although they may not yield transformative change immediately, in due time we WILL reap what we have sown. 

So let us stand together as women, mothers, sisters and daughters - today and throughout this year, and pray in earnest for our beloved county Kenya!  

God Bless You All.

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