Strengthening Women’s Leadership

Strengthening Women’s Leadership

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We live in a society where for so long girls and women have had to work hard to prove their worth. For centuries women have had to fight for their spaces and deal with discrimination.

Society has often pushed women to be associated with their sexuality. Gender equality has been a conversation that is frequently discussed at various levels. From basic levels at home, where women’s education is not prioritized, to office workspaces where women are subjected to sexual harassment and office punishments (pregnancy penalty) – in some spaces pregnant women lose their jobs immediately after they become pregnant. To political seats, where women are considered as not capable to run an office if not married. 

 It was not till 2005 that Africa elected its first female president. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  “Africans Iron Lady,” from Liberia, who later went ahead to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, alongside Leymah Gwobee and Tawakkol Karman for their active nonviolent participation for the safety of women’s rights in peacebuilding.

Despite being raised in Kibera, a community where girls and women knew their place to be centered on establishing a home, our Secretary General, Dr. Asha Mohammed, a wife and mother, defied all odds and rose to her current office.

Many other women from all over the world have risen to high profile ranks at different levels in various professions from Florence Nigtingale, Margaret Thatcher and Lupita Nyong’o among others.

Let us stand firm and empower our women for an empowered woman is an empowered society.

Say No to Domestic Violence! No to Sexual Assault and No to Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV)!

2 thoughts on “Strengthening Women’s Leadership”

  1. Brilliant Piece!!!

  2. Martin Githome August 2, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Great

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