By Annette Amondi
As the world comes together to mark the International women’s day, there many phenomenal women that work tirelessly in the fight for women’s rights among other challenges that women face.
The annual event is marked on every 8th day of March and the 2019 celebration rides under the umbrella theme #BalanceforBetter.
Today, the Nairobi Securities Exchange will be hosting future women Chief Executive Officers training to mark the day while Kenya Commercial Bank Group changed its logo to a lioness in honor of women.
And while many companies lined a series of events to celebrate the day, Ghetto Radio sampled a few women who have been phenomenal in the society, looking out for each other while also providing employment.
Popularly known as ‘Shosh Mahewa’ or simply as ‘Shosh’ is an entrepreneur and founder of Shosh sounds located along Outering road.
Shosh made headline for her prowess in repairing and fixing sound systems in vehicles.
The 78 year old learnt how to fix sound systems from her grandson whom she had sponsored to study the same course.
The one time business woman and tout says of all the jobs she has ever engaged in, her true calling came when she ventured into the automotive sound systems.
Having worked with so many clients in the last 15 years, many of them returning to her workshop every now and then, Cecilia says she has bigger dreams and hopes to open her school to teach the youth about the electronics and champion them to be self employed.
Dr. Jean Kagia
Dr. Kagia Jean Wamaitha is an Obstetrician / Gynecologist running her own hospital at Upper Hill Medical center but it is not her professional life that grants her credit on this powerful day.
Dr. Kagia as she is known in close circles, has always been passionate about protecting life and has been one of the key voices in the country fighting against abortion.
Her passion for life saw her create a humble and safe abode for victims of sexual abuse giving them a second chance in life.
Through her Protecting Life Movement (PLMT) Dr. Kagia has managed to place many young girls, most of them young mothers as a result of sexual violence in homes known as Kiotas (Nest in Swahili) and trained them on life skills.
PLMT’s first rescue Kiota was established in Central Kenya, Murang’a County in April 2011 and the second in Kwale County in June 2015.
To date, the Kiotas have provided temporary shelter to a total of 107 girls in crisis pregnancy, out of which 95 girls have been sheltered in Murang’a and 12 in Kwale.
The rescue program is mainly run through good will which Dr. Kagia and partner organizations work tirelesly to obtain. The rescue centers also have a Dairy cow program and chicken rearing which provides eggs and milk for sale to help with the smooth running.
Lyn Gacheru is what one would literally describe as a sister’s keeper.
She is the founder of Sister’s Keeper Kenya which Tries to make life easy for early moms and their small kids by donating baby clothes and other baby items.
Being a selfless human, Gacheru has chosen to mark her Women’s day celebration by touring the Pumwani hospital gifting young moms with baby items to help relieve them of part of the huge burden of buying baby items.
Under the theme of #BalanceforBetter this year’s celebration is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.