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Meeting two inspirational Kenyan women activists

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meg Munn MP recently met two Kenyan women activists who were visiting the UK and were being hosted by VSO.

Hon. Esther Murugi Mathenge, a Kenyan woman MP, was the first woman to campaign for a seat in the Nyeri Town Constituency. After her 2007 victory she became Minister for Gender and Children Affairs and Minister for Special Programmes. She was re-elected to parliament in 2013 for a second term.

Binti Ali Kiza is Chairperson and founding member of women’s group Sauti Ya Wanakawe in Kenya. After working in advocacy around land issues, she became engaged in supporting women’s rights in 2000 where she was working with Action Aid. Together in 2001 they set up Sauti Ya Wanakawe, which means Voice of Women. Since then the group has grown from 50 members to 6,500 and Binti was awarded the Head of State Commendation, presented by Honourable Rais Mwai Kibaki, the third President of Kenya.

Meg said:

"Last year I visited Kenya with VSO to work with women MPs on how to get more women in to parliament. I also had the opportunity to see some of the excellent work being done in local areas to empower women. I appreciated the opportunity to meet these two inspirational Kenyan women and hear about the work they are doing."

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