Women’s Role In Reconciling and Leadership of Kenya

KENYA: Women urged to participate actively in State Affairs

MERU, March 23, 2010 (CISA)

Kenyan women have been challenged to play a more active role in the management of the country’s affairs instead of being relegated to the periphery.

Speaking in Meru town, Eastern Kenya while attending the annual Catholic women thanksgiving prayers, the wife of Vice President Pauline Kalonzo said women had the capacity and numbers to make landmark contributions that could chart the destiny of the country and their potential should be recognized instead of being brushed aside.

She regretted that for a long time, women have been sidelined from decision making processes in spite of having the requisite ability and acumen.

The vice president’s wife said women were the pillars of the family and the society and should be accorded their rightful recognition.

Kalonzo told women to use their resoluteness and their immense voting powers to bring about the necessary reforms that would assure Kenyans of stability and development.

“You choose the kings of this country and through your prayers and numerical voting strength, you can be able to shape the future of this country,” she said.

She told hundreds of women attending the prayer meeting conducted by the Meru Catholic Bishop Salesius Mugambi that the country’s destiny rested in their hands and through prayers and their unshakeable resolve.

She said through the power of women’s prayer, the country will surmount the existing challenges and achieve national cohesion and lead to the enactment of a new constitution that will have broad support.

She urged women to pray for the country’s leadership, especially, during the current trying period when the nation is going through reforms some of which have the potential to cause hatred and divisions among Kenyans.

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