International Women’s Day 2014 “Inspiring Change”

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Celebrates with Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions

In celebration of International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined the Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions festivities at the Huruma Grounds in Mathare, Saturday, March 8.

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women which focuses world attention on gender issues requiring further action.

With support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Kenya Tuna Uwezo organization, Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions organized a day of marches, speeches, music, and sports.  The celebration included entertainment by local performers Creator’s Group, Ghetto Marvelous, and Zumali Group, and football matches, including a match between Mathare community women and the local women police.

The event provided an opportunity for the Mathare community to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, as well as provide a platform to raise awareness on issues of gender-based violence (GBV), peace building and conflict management.

“Today, Mathare is at the forefront, showing by your example how people, both men and women, can come together in cooperation to advance the dreams of everyone,” said Ambassador Godec.

Ambassador Godec stressed the importance of remembering that the full and equitable participation of women in public life is essential to building a strong and vibrant democracy.

As the United States celebrates 50 years of partnership with Kenya, Ambassador Godec promised to continue the partnership and to walk alongside Kenya’s women as they work toward gender equity.