Pan African Women's Day celebrates women making history

Lilian Seenoi-Barr, with Kenyan roots, becomes the first black politician elected into public office in Northern Ireland, UK. [Courtesy, RTE]

Today, July 31, marks the anniversary of Pan African Women’s Day celebrations since its formation in 1962 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This day is specifically set aside to commemorate the Foremothers of Africa who fought for the development as well as freedom of the continent.

It is also aimed at promoting gender equality and empowering women in Africa. Additionally, it is a special day to remember the local contributions made by African women.

Kenya is a country proud of its women as they continue to make world changing moves both locally and internationally.

In the month of June, Kenyan Lilian Seenoi-Barr made history as the first black person to be elected into public service in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Barr is a Maasai from Narok who sought refuge in Northern Ireland in 2010. She is popular in her country of residence for supporting minority groups through her initiative dubbed North West Migrants Forum.

29-year-old Nelly Cheboi soared high up in the sky as a magnificent Kenyan woman after she bagged the CNN’s Hero of the Year award.

She is a Kenyan entrepreneur who saw it wise to co-found Technologically Literate Africa (TechLit Africa), a company aimed at using recycled computers to create tech labs in schools.

The Governor of Kwale, Fatuma Mohamed joined the list of extraordinary women as the first Muslim lady to win a gubernatorial seat in Kenya.

While working under her predecessor, she displayed a high level of loyalty that residents of Kwale observed and decided to elect her as their leader.

During the last year’s general elections, Fatuma was not the only lady inspired to make a change. She sails in the same boat as Martha Karua, the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) leader.

Karua vied for the presidential seat alongside Raila Odinga, the Azimio Leader and even though they lost, her efforts are unforgettable.

Apart from the known ladies making a difference, this day also celebrates every African woman who leaves a place better than they found it and advocates for the same.

To the ladies who are the backbone of our continent’s economies as farmers, entrepreneurs, traders, scientists, and leaders in many other sectors, this is your day!