Prior to working in the county government, I worked in the civil society on work that primarily focused on gender issues and women’s rights. Between 2004 and 2010, my focus was on reproductive health rights with special focus on women. In 2010 through 2011 I was focused on child protection, part of which I worked in the coast region of Kenya. Through my work, I interacted with various survivors of gender based violence and was able to walk the journey of the survivors and the kind of vulnerabilities they face. This aroused in me a lot of anger towards all forms of violations against women. During this time, I realized that economic empowerment for women and having knowledge on their rights was critical in improving the place of women in society. I became and still remain a strong defender of women’s rights. Between 2012 and 2013, I focused on women land and property rights to a point of being part of those who pushed for inclusion of women land rights in the land laws that became operational in 2012.
I learnt of world pulse through a friend of mine called Eunice Owino. She is one of the people I have mentored to pursue women’s rights and accepting to hold an influential position in the government. She featured me on her world pulse journal in 2013. This attracted me to learn more about World Pulse and I acknowledge it as a good platform for me to use to improve my digital skills and reach out to the masses.
My biggest goal of participating in the world pulse training is to learn new digital skills and learn how other women have used digital communication to push transformative agenda to uplift women in the society. I am here to learn, share and network. I realized that while I may not be able to reach as many people face to face, or the office I hold may not allow me to shout about certain things that bother me, I can use the power of digital communication to reach out to the masses and empower women and the rest of the population. I would like to voice issues and be an eye opener or change agent by influencing the masses via digital communication. I am convinced that women at all levels of life continue to face various forms of violence and that it takes women leaders in different capacities and initiatives to address the situation. I would like to see increased women’s representation in public bodies where they can influence policies at different levels.
The internet has become a powerful tool of communication for transformative leaders. Similarly, women are predisposed to a lot of abuse through it - cyber bullying, and gender shaming. I believe that various violations against women can be addressed by having more women empowered on how to reach out and push for change using digital communication. I wish to demonstrate this by example. I want to lead from the front.