Kisii County CEC for Administration Edina Kangwana has challenged women to stand up and prepare to take over leadership positions.
I choose to challenge is the 2021 Women’s International Day theme, a day which is celebrated yearly on 8th March.
Speaking at a virtual Muungano Gender Forum on Wednesday, Edina told women to competitively wake up, have a voice on gender gaps and point out gender stereotyping.
“A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. As women, we need to stand up and beat old traditions of housewife women. Time is ripe for us to lead. So let’s all choose to challenge,” She said.
The mother of five and a second degree holder, raised in a humble village background said we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.
“Kenya now has the first-ever woman to be nominated into the position of Chief Justice by the JSC. Tanzania has a woman President; America has a woman vice president. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world,” She added.
Edina reminded Women not to forget their critical societal roles of being mothers as they rise.
“As we take over these powerful positions we should remember we are women. We should not forget our house roles. Remember back at home you are a mother and a wife to somebody,” She said.
She advised women when sitting in boardrooms where powerful decisions are made to remove the woman in them and speak out, be heard, give suggestions, and make decisions too.
Despite sailing through a society that believes in culture, Kangwana said women face stereotype challenges where they are seen as people who can’t make critical decisions.
Muungano Gender Forum is a forum organized by the International Solidarity Foundation. It takes place on every last Wednesday of the Month.