There is need for Kenyan women to be given a chance to make their own reproductive health choices.
This is the message delivered by a section of women leaders during national celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day held in Kibera, Nairobi.
The leaders committed to launch a campaign on empowering women and girls through innovation.
The global day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
United Nations on Population and Development, UNFPA, Executive Director, Natalia Kanem, led Women Empowerment champions in launching ‘Balance for Better’ campaign.
The UNFPA executive director called for the setting up of safe spaces for women and girls within the communities.
Women leaders led by Nairobi County Woman Representative Esther Passaris pledged to support initiatives meant to improve the health of women and girls in line with the government’s big four agenda of Affordable Universal Health Care.
Think equal, build smart, innovate for change is the global theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, which is observed annually on March 8th.
The earliest celebration of the day which is also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity dates back to 1909 when the socialist party of America organized a women’s day on February 28 in New York.
In 1910, the international social woman’s conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually and a year later it was implemented and supported by over one million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.