Having recently received her bachelor’s degree from Kampala International University she chose to use her own celebration as a platform to bring local and international light to the issue of girls’ access to education. Maureen Oduor is a Women Deliver scholarship beneficiary and Young Leader who traveled back to her village in Kenya, where most girls hardly finish primary school, to share her message. And this is her story: My journey began when I…"A young woman’s delight in giving back to peers after college graduation."
Earlier this week a story was reported in the media highlighting that over 100 girls in the Mara region of Tanzania had escaped to a safe camp after fleeing Female Genital Mutilation exercises back at their villages. As the story was running on BBCs radio news hour with interviewed local sources expressing optimism that the event pointed to gains being made in the fight against FMG it also dawned on me that for a long…"When girls take matters into their own hands"
Across the world the challenges facing women are often common in nature and form ranging from discrimination to violence and abuse. The Alliance Francaise cultural centre in Mombasa held a photo exhibition on Thursday night dubbed ‘Women in Resistance’ to celebrate the gender struggle and the spirit of resistance. Both women and men attended the event which was marked by an outpouring of emotions and personal experiences in support of the principles of equality and…"Women in resistance night"
By now Christine Khasinah-Odero is used to turning heads wherever she goes. The impact of her brainchild company has won her quite some accolades already including being nominated by Up Magazine in 2013 as one of Kenya’s Top 5 Women Under 40, 2013; South Africa’s CEO’s Magazine awarded her as one of the Finalist Most Influential Women In Business in Africa SME Category 2013 and again in 2014 which she was bestowed in October this year.…"Christine Khasinah-Odero : Women under 40"
Kenyan women on Monday demonstrated against increasing violence against girls and women, as the country begins to confront an attack in downtown Nairobi where a woman wearing a miniskirt was stripped naked. Some 1,000 women in miniskirts, tights, and trousers danced, sang, and chanted “my dress my choice” and “shame, shame” in solidarity with the victim, who is now being celebrated as the “woman in red.” They marched to the bus terminal where the assault took place about two weeks…"Angry Kenyan women protest against assault"
Synopsis Angela Davis, born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, became a master scholar who studied at the Sorbonne. She joined the U.S. Communist Party and was jailed for charges related to a prison outbreak, though ultimately cleared. Known for books like Women, Race & Class, she has worked as a professor and activist who advocates gender equity, prison reform and alliances across color lines. Early Life Writer, activist and educator Angela Davis was…"Who is Angela Davis ?"
Mohamed Seif is our new blogger from Kenya, he sent in this story recently. We look forward to him joining us soon as our East Africa correspondent. Being a mother is no doubt such a demanding experience, perhaps even the toughest of jobs. Having to look out after often feisty kids, to protect and cater to their demands and see them grow as the years drag away perhaps provide a perspective to this conclusion. It is for…"Celebrating Motherhood By Mohamed Seif"
Kenya: Omamo Poised to Be First Woman in Charge of Kenyan Defence Nairobi — Raychelle Awuor Omamo could become East Africa’s first woman secretary of defence if her nomination is approved by parliament, which started the vetting process Wednesday (May 8th). Omamo is among several women on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s partial list of presidential cabinet appointments released on April 25th. If the National Assembly — which Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition overwhelmingly controls — approves her appointment,…"Kenya: Omamo Poised to Be First Woman in Charge of Kenyan Defence"