Women who make a difference

Bandits, Hyenas, scotching heat and the rough bushy terrain, did not deter her from participating in a 176 km trek, aimed at sensitising communities on the importance of Conserving Ewaso Nyiro River.

If anyone has the authority to speak media ownership on the Kenyan market, it is Eunice Mathu. Her magazine, Parents, hit the vendors’ rack in July 1986. That’s 332 editions as at March 2014. The print run for the launch edition was 25,000 — and a sell-out, marking the beginning of a journey that has seen her make an indelible mark in the media industry.

Long gone are the days when Parents was a 32-page black and white production. These days, it puts out some 80 pages or so. But one thing remains consistent: the cover belongs to regular Kenyan couples and their children.  

In Kenya it is not common for people to resign from well paying jobs to try their hands in politics. However, for Dr Monica Ogutu, a trained medic, left a well-paying job at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to start working for her community.

For the past eleven years, she has been helping cancer patients through the tough and frustrating journey that begins once they are diagnosed with cancer.

She has defied many odds to become  a leading scientist in Africa. Having grown up in a remote village in Ethiopia, she has had to contend with doing odd jobs assigned to women. She had to weed, pick coffee berries, collect firewood, fetch water and the work was endless and going to school was just an afterthought.

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Championing for girl child rights

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While in Kenya attending a forum convened  by the African Women Leaders Network to strategise on ways to improve reproductive health and to broaden the choices therein, Dr Hilda Tadria talked to Kenya Woman on her rewarding journey in empowering young women in Uganda.

 As a young girl she watched helplessly as persons with disability suffered from injustices directed at them by society.

Struggles and resilience of top Pan Africanist

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president is known to many people as a tough President, and others even refer to him as a dictator.

However, there are those who have kind words for him and one of them is Prof Micere Mugo. “He is a comrade; he was a friend when my own people did not want me,” she says.

The death of Mary Onyango, vice chairperson of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has closed the curtain on a committed and industrious public servant and mother.

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