The following was written by Linda Kavuka, an African Students For Liberty Executive Board Member.
The Women For Liberty Seminar held on October 11th at the University of Nairobi was the first of its kind in Kenya. It attracted over 50 participants, with some traveling from as far as Eldoret (6 hours away) and Kitui (3 hours away), both out of town. The fact that women were the target audience also did not deter men from attending. The conversations that came up were very interesting, as the participants challenged each other, asked questions, and came up with solutions to the highlighted issues. This particular audience was very inspiring, being made up of ladies and gents form different schools and faculties of study. Liberty and Leadership formed the agenda for the day as this seminar was taking a different approach from the usual tired topics. Women have been empowered and it is time for young ladies to stop complaining and take advantage of the numerous opportunities accorded to them thanks to increased educational opportunities in the developing world. It is time for women to contest for leadership positions in society, politics, and the economy.
The first speaker was Miss Keziah Rutto who is a lawyer by profession and a member of the ASFL- Local Coordinator’s Training Program. She presented on the Rule of Law, a subject within her profession that is unfortunately foreign to many. The participants were challenged on issues many take for granted. She urged the participants to read the Constitution of Kenya, and at least familiarise themselves with Chapter 4 that provided for the Bill of Rights, the most important chapter to us not just as libertarians, but as human beings. The second speaker was Miss Najda Khan, a vocal advocate for human rights. She presented on human rights, stereotypes against women in leadership, and solutions to these challenges. She challenged the ladies in attendance by stating that we are more than empowered, and the message women should be preaching is that of inspiration and mentorship. She urged the ladies to move away from the crowd of women who complain about one issue or the other and that they should take charge of their lives and make their own decisions. (more…)