Machakos Governor, Wavinya Ndeti is advising women aspiring to venture into politics to be ready to fight for their space in the male dominated field.
Addressing a women leadership workshop convened by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) at a Nairobi Hotel Monday afternoon, Wavinya said women in Africa still faced greater challenges navigating the male dominated political sphere.
Citing her highly challenging political journey, Wavinya noted that more women were increasingly achieving major milestones in political leadership, thanks to mentorship and globalization.
The Machakos Governor said the major drawbacks to women’s prosperity in politics such as gender biased stereotyping, cultural factors, poverty, inadequate education and poor exposure were now being tackled more effectively.
“Never apologize for being a powerful woman. Each time a woman stands up for herself stands up for all women. Embrace confidence wherever you go. A confident woman is a beautiful woman,” Wavinya told the delegates.
She said empowering women to take leadership is more likely to yield more social benefits. “Studies have shown that when women are empowered to lead, everyone benefits through increased productivity, enhanced collaboration and improved fairness,” Wavinya said.
The workshop brought together women leaders drawn from across 15 countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, and South Africa. Others were from Kosovo, Ukraine, Zambia, Malawi, Philippines, Albania and Grenada.