Mruttu’s wife backs women in leadership

By: RAPHAEL MWADIME

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu’s wife has launched a women leadership advocacy initiative to ensure women take up positions. Hope Mruttu said the Taita Taveta culture hinders women from being leaders.

“Our culture is also patriarchal in nature and for many years people have only believed men as the best leaders,” she said in Voi on Friday. Hope said in 2013, no woman was elected MCA although many vied.

She said the county government, through the Save our Queens Programme, in partnership with UNDP, has planned a rally on women leadership.

It will be held on Wednesday at the Voi Municipal Stadium. Hope said the rally will bring on board opposition leader Raila Odinga’s wife Ida and other key county women leaders.

They will share their experiences and act as a source of inspiration to the Taita Taveta women. “The rally will also bring on board male leaders, without whose support the idea of women empowerment shall remain a mirage,” Hope said.

The rally will serve as a platform where “our people will be educated on women leadership”. The governor’s wife said the event will start at the onset of 16 days of gender activism, when the world engages in activities to stop gender-based violence.

“Through the Save Our Queens initiative, we have managed to rescue several girls from early marriage and the culprits charged. Through the awareness we have carried out at the grassroots, more people are now coming out to speak against gender based violence,” she said.