Women Recognized as Pillars of Peace

 Women play a vital role in peace building, not only in Kenya, but also in other parts of the world riddled with conflicts. They nurture generations from birth to maturity, thus holding all communities together.

In preparation for the repeat Presidential Election held on 26th October 2017, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) visited Kajiado and engaged the women from the county on a two-day peace forum. The event was aimed at sensitizing the participants on peace building and conflict prevention strategies.

Speaking at the forum, the NCIC Programme Director, Ms Millicent Okatch said that Mothers were responsible for instilling values in the society. “The women have the power to change what they do not approve of among their children and their spouses. It is a journey that begins with a few steps and it must be done,” she said.

On her part, the Commission’s Vice Chairperson Commissioner Irene Wanyoike talked about the existing barriers to women’s participation in peace building. However, she recognized the power of unity of women and urged them to unite and avoid tribalism. “Everyone goes back home to their mothers, sisters, daughters or wives at the end of the day. Therefore, all women have a God-given gift to promote peace and cohesion,” she said.

The Commission Secretary Mr Hassan Mohamed urged the participants to embrace diversity by respecting one another’s opinions, rights and freedoms. He encouraged them to support the Commission’s work by reporting suspected cases of hate speech for relevant action. He pledged NCIC’s support to working with all stakeholders in building a more peaceful and united Kenya.

 

 

 

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