Mrs. Elsie Muhanda, a Kenya Women Mp to lead women in celebrating International Women's Day 2019

Dennis Weche
Posted March 5, 2019 from Kenya
Mrs. Elsie Muhanda, a Kenya Women Mp to lead women in celebrating International Women's Day 2019
Mrs. Muhanda leading other Women to Mark the International Women's Day 2018 in Kakamega town

As the World heads towards celebrating International Women's Day 2019, plans here in Kakamega County, Kenya's largest rural county are set. Kakamega Women Representative who also serves as the Member of Kenya Parliament Mrs. Elsie Muhanda will be leading the rest of women in her area of representation to mark and celebrate women's achievements and tenaciously challenge bias against women in the society. 

 

This year's International Women's Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter, a call action for driving gender balance globally. 

Last year's similar event took place at Alberto Special School in Kakamega town where Mrs. Muhanda led tens of hundreds of women in the streets of Kakamega town to call for women equality at the same time launch 'a war' against violence against women. Mrs. Muhanda's administration has in the past two years witnessed a drastic change in women rights as she opposes the men xenophobia where men counterparts perceives women as weak vessels in the society.

The society perceives women's roles are to give birth, cook, clean, take care of the children, and earn a living, a stereotype Mrs. Muhanda argues that is long gone. She challenges women to make their own choices as opposed by what anti-feminists judge. 

In the past one year, Mrs. Muhanda's office has handled over 100 cases related to Gender Based Violence against Women, defilement among other cases demeaning women in the society. She has however tirelessly worked to reduce these alarming cases by taking responsibilities to charge the perpetrators in the court of law, offering free civic education on gender rights and advocating against defilement cases. The cases have however gradually reduced, a quest we believe will give women a serene environment to live and work peacefully. 

This year's Celebrations in Kakamega County will be marked at St. Martin Primary School for the Deaf in Mumias West Sub County. Mrs. Muhanda has urged women across Kakamega County to turn up in large numbers in marking the day.

 

The writer is a Kenyan based Human Rights Activist currently working as a Communication Officer in the Office of Women Representative - Kakamega County, Kenya. 

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Dawn Arteaga
Mar 05
Mar 05

Yes! Incredible! I am cheering you on from Washington DC

Kristine Yakhama
Mar 05
Mar 05

My women rep my choice

Jill Langhus
Mar 05
Mar 05

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for sharing the incredible work of Mrs. Muhanda, and for providing an update of what's going on in your region.

Deborah Munyekenye
Mar 05
Mar 05

Kudos women representative Elsie Muhanda.

Noel Lutomia
Mar 06
Mar 06

Hi Dennis, it will be a pleasure meeting you at the event; I am based in Mumias.

Keep up the good work Hon. Elsie Muhanda!

Raquel Daniel
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing your story! This post is really encouraging

otahelp
Jul 09
Jul 09

dennis well presented what Elsie is doing for women. the fight is long and will not end easily but we all must continue to push until gender violence is completely eradicated. thank you for sharing

Feka
Aug 18
Aug 18

Awesome and inspiring. Thanks for sharing

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Denis,
Thank you for the update. Looking forward to more updates.
Have a great day.

Sharon Makunura
Sep 23
Sep 23

Wow, thanks for sharing.