Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Monday celebrated the International Day for Rural Women by sharing past photos of herself interacting with such women in the rural setting.
In the photos, the governor is seen picking tea, sorting fruits in the market, exchanging seedlings, and carrying a traditional Kikuyu kiondo on her back as her women electorate cheer her on.
In a Twitter message, Waiguru described women as the “Engine which drives society.”
“It is through their efforts and endurance that economies are sustained,” she added.
Governor Waiguru’s administration has been deliberate on improving the welfare of women in her county, with programs such as Wezesha Economic Empowerment Program and other gender outreach efforts currently beig implemented.
Her electorate on Twitter took her post as an opportunity to laud her for her efforts towards women empowerment.
“Good job…. honestly I love what you do for the people of @kirinyagacounty…I desire to have a lot of women governors in 2022!!! Kudoz mama,” wrote one elated Mukanzi Albert.
“…Women happen to be the best leaders. They have inborn good management skills. Happy rural women’s day,” Joyce Muthoni replied to the governor’s post.
Waiguru called for consistent support of women, terming their empowerment as a growth strategy for the country.
“Ensuring they (women) are supported and empowered is one sure way of building the nation,” the governor concluded.
On her part, Laikipia County Woman Representative Cate Waruguru took the day established by the United Nations, to plead on behalf of women in her county for improved security against cattle rustlers and wild animals.
Women in Wangwachĩ sleeps in fear of being attacked by rustlers or her crops destroyed by the elephants which keep on invading Laikipia every now and then. Many times we have raised the security issue. And we'll still do. @citizentvkenya@nimrodtaabu pic.twitter.com/KfD2ufVFYg
— Hon. Cate Waruguru (@Cate_Waruguru) October 15, 2019
The theme for this year’s International Day of Rural Women celebration is “Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resistance.”