Why Kenya needs a female president;
I personally believe the world can be a better place if we had more women in authority.
Wait, wait, wait!!
Let me elaborate before I get the backlash.
I believe women are sacrificial beings.
Let’s look at Wangari Maathai. Can you imagine jogging around Karura without the lovely trees? Together with other conservationists, she fought against land grabbers to save Karura forest. Maathai was the first woman in East Africa to earn a PhD, a doctorate in Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi. Among other awards, she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution to the environment, development, democracy and peace. To date the Greenbelt Movement that she also formed in 1977 under the auspices of National Women Council of Kenya (NCWK) continues to carry the spirit of environment conservancy in honour of Wangari Maathai and what she stood for.
How about Grace Ogot? Ogot was the country’s first women MPs (Gem constituency) and the first woman to have a fiction novel published by the East African publishing house.
Asenath Bole Odaga? Bole is known as the first woman to set up a publishing house, Lake Publishers in Kisumu, during a time when every writer ran to other established publishers. She also served as a lecturer in the 1960s at the University of Nairobi – Institute of African Studies. Bole was also involved in providing reading materials in schools through her work like Oral Literature for Schools and Yesterday’s Today: The Study of Oral Literature (1984). Bole was also keen on women rights and successfully ran an NGO that provided financial literacy and skills that allowed for women to carry out small-scale business.
Chelagat Mutai? She made history by becoming the youngest Member of Parliament to date at the age of 24 beating other twelve contestants. The political scientist started her activism when she was expelled from school after leading a strike. Later on, Mutai was also arrested and sentenced for 6 months on the charges of insighting constituents to invade sisal plantation at Ziwa. Mutai was labelled to be among the 7th bearded sisters together with Abuya Abuya, Lands Minister James Orengo among others by Charles Njonjo. The name came as a result of them being considered as the ‘hard-headed’ MPs with when Daniel Arap Moi took over after the death of Kenya’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Mary Okello?? Charity Ngilu?? Nyiva Mwendwa Winfred?? Grace Onyango??
Honestly I could go on but I don’t want to bore you guys.
We constantly whine, but only a few of us rise up to take action presumably because the easier way out from a mess is to either blame others or complain but never take action.
Margaret Kenyatta is a Kenyan just like you and I. It is possible for her to comfortably fold her arms, sit pretty at State House and rightly wait for the government to do its job, cause guess what, She doesn’t owe anyone anything. But she decided to take initiative to improve maternal health care in Kenya. A problem that is facing Kenyans. A real problem.
Maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth, per 100,000 live births. The maternal mortality ratio as of 2015 was 510 deaths per 100, 000 live births.
Neonatal mortality rate is the number of neonates dying before reaching 28 days of age, per 1,000 live births in a given year. This was at 22.2 deaths per 1000 live births.
All I’m trying to say is that there are roughly 6,632 maternal deaths annually as recorded within 15 counties. Can you imagine that?
Margaret Kenyatta run the Beyond Zero marathon to completion. One she had planned to raise funds to improve maternal health care.
Imagine what endless benefits this nation would enjoy if such maternal selflessness were transferred to the highest office in the land.
Time has come for this nation to overlook gender prejudices to install its first female Head of State.
Maybe not now but in the near future.