Opposition Chief Raila Odinga has led Kenyans in celebrating the International Women’s Day held annually on March 8.
Raila said Kenya celebrates all women.
“We celebrate you. Throughout history, you have and always continue to make countless sacrifices for Nations and humanity,” said Raila on his official twitter handle on Monday morning.
Raila said as he posted pictures of his wife Ida and other women, that throughout history, the women have and always continue to make countless sacrifices for Nations and humanity.
“Happy International Women’s Day to all our wonderful women out there! Proud of you,” he said.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
The theme of this year is ‘Let’s choose to challenge.’
For more than 100 years, this day has been celebrated by honoring the achievements of women globally.
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi also wished the women a happy day saying that the women have made momentous sacrifices in families.
“We celebrate women. We appreciate the momentous sacrifices and contributions you’ve made in our society all while being the backbone in our families. We must continue to ensure women are fully empowered and supported to fulfill their dreams and purpose,” said Mudavadi.
Senate speaker Ken Lusaka while lauding the women said an equal world is a better and more prosperous world.
“I believe that an equal world is a better and more prosperous world. Such a world allows girls and women to exploit and realize their full potential. On this international women’s day, let’s recommit ourselves to closing that gap,” said Lusaka.
On his part, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka urged Kenyans to celebrate every woman and her achievements in social, economic, cultural and political progress.
“Let us continue championing the acceleration of gender equality,” said Kalonzo.
But this year, because of lost jobs and increased burdens of care at home, women have fared worse economically than men.
According to the International Labour Organization, a United Nations agency, globally women have suffered more job losses related to the pandemic than men.
About 5 per cent of women in 2020 lost work, which could mean losing a job or experiencing reduced hours, compared with 3.9 per cent of men.
According to International Women’s Day website, individuals and organizations are invited to send in their #ChooseToChallenge images.
One is expected to strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand high to show your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.