Over 150 women in Kajiado have benefited from an advocacy and awareness civic education programme on the national constitution aimed at sensitizing women in the community on their electoral rights ahead of the August 2022 nationwide general elections.
According to Elizabeth Kaguta of The Community Advocacy and Awareness (Crawn) Trust, civic education for women is important in empowering them to elect credible leaders during the general elections. She urged women in Kajiado County to spearhead peace efforts and elect leaders of their choice without intimidation.
“Women have been educated on their electoral and constitutional rights. They have been urged to elect leaders of high integrity especially women leaders from the grassroot level who are capable of good management of economic resources for the development of the community.” said Kaguta.
Member of the National Women’s Steering Committee (NWSC) Purity Gikura, reiterated the importance of raising awareness among women on their electoral rights in preparation for the general elections.
“As women we celebrate how far we have come in understanding our electoral rights. When we decide not to vote we deny good leaders the opportunity to lead. For devolution to deliver on its promise we need to play our role and elect accountable leaders with integrity.” said Gikura.
The Kajiado West Sub-County coordinator Evelyne Monrei, urged women in Kajiado County to be advocates of peace during the electioneering period by promoting and maintaining peaceful coexistence regardless of differences in political affiliations, tribe and religion.
“When a woman is empowered, the whole country is empowered. Let us not be influenced by politicians to turn on each other or use our children to engage in acts of violence for their selfish benefit. A is woman a pillar of the family who can influence others for peace.” said Monrei.
By Amy Moyi and Alice Gworo