Pastor Dorcas rallies women in empowering the boy child.

Pastor Dorcas Rigathi has called upon women to join in her agenda of empowering the boy child, even as she pointed to the risks of stigmatizing those lost in drugs and substance abuse.

When casting her vision to women who had met at her office in Karen, she emphasized that the cure for economic and social insecurity in Kenya ultimately lay with the empowerment of boys and men.

She passionately spoke about the global fight against the cultural practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which partly hinged on the beliefs held by men.

"If we empower the boy child to know that he does not have to marry a girl who has undergone the cut, then we will end FGM. We will secure the lives of both the boy and girl, and promote strong families in our country," she said.

She also referenced past cases of insecurity in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), where the GSU was deployed to come and restore peace and order. She said that an idle boy, who came to the city to hunt for a job, would, out of frustration, turn to criminal activities.

The vision for the Office of the Spouse of the Deputy President (OSDP) is ‘A Dignified Future for Vulnerable Populations’ which include the boy child, widows, orphans, and persons with disabilities.

It includes rehabilitating the young men from drug and substance abuse, skilling and reskilling them through TVET on wheels, and equipping them with toolkits to start businesses and seek employment.

"When I came into the office, I was told to choose a program. From visiting the cities and villages in this country, there is something very wrong with the boy child, and we must pull him away from drugs and substance abuse, suicide, and depression. We will skill for jobs here and abroad," said Pastor Dorcas.

She called on the women to support her agenda for the strengthening of families and future generations.

In collaboration with the Inspector General of Police, the OSDP will also organize mass weddings for police officers and officers to promote strong family values in the disciplined forces.

Also present was Kiambu Woman Representative Anne Wamuratha, who also fights for the boy child at the grassroots. MP Wamuratha urged the women to participate actively in rescuing the boy child from destructive habits of alcohol and drug abuse.

"We are losing a generation, and when we do not take care of the boy child, our girls say there are no men to marry them. It is time for mothers to rise up, and get ready to fight for the boy child, and say enough is enough," said MP Wamuratha.

The wife of former CITAM Bishop David Oginde, Nancy Oginde, said, "What we have in our hands is a pandemic in this country, where drugs have filled the lives of our children. The boy child is the seed carrier, and women will be answerable when we lose a generation. Let us rally behind this cause."

Dr. Esther Obasike said the vision for the OSDP was transgenerational and would leave a legacy behind, transformative for the country.

Rev. Kathy Kiuna also called on all women to strongly support the vision of rescuing the boy child from the gutters and streets and empowering them to have strong families and children.

Bishop Josephine Gitonga, Rev. Betty Mulandi, Rev. Lucy Muiru, Rev. Dona Kilioba, Amanda Kyula, Frida Buria, Nancy Mwambili, Sophia Mbevi, Alice Kamau, Judy Mbugua, and Rev. Sophie Mankura were among those present.

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