#FatumasVoiceNakuru: Women and Leadership with Hon. Susan Kihika
Women have a unique capacity to shed light on the often obscured needs of marginalized groups. In legislative discussions, as in peace negotiations, they raise issues and priorities related to society’s most vulnerable members, including children, ethnic and religious minorities. This is crucial not only for human rights, but for security: when marginalized groups are represented in government, societies are more stable and less likely to experience armed conflict.
This singular ability to bring forward diverse interests is not fully utilized, though, when women from varied ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds can’t take advantage of gender quotas that, in practice, favor elite, well-connected women. By urging both national governments and political parties to diversify the women chosen to run for and hold quota seats, international organizations can ensure that the benefits of women’s inclusion are fully felt.
After Kenya adopted a new constitution, devolution took root. County Governments were born, and Nakuru County got its first Assembly Speaker in one Susan Kihika; a phenomenal woman, daughter to the famous 90s politician, Kihika Kimani. After living in the US for over twenty years, Susan decided to come back home and
start empowering young women, contesting for a political seat in 2013 in Nakuru but lost in the primaries.
On Saturday, we welcome you to listen to the story of this amazing mother of two as she
talks all things leadership and women empowerment. We will give you double doses of poetry and music. Feel at home.
Legacy Hotel, Nakuru
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