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Can we elect a woman for women?

Last Week, I was honoured with the African MDG Achievers Award, 2010. This news has humbled me and also given me the zeal and the strength to pursue the call by women and girls in my constituency to represent them in Kenya's Parliament.

Makadara constituency is a low and medium income community situated at the heart of Nairobi. It has since 1963 been represented in parliament by men. A month ago, the Kenya court nullified the election of Mr. Dick Wathika who took office in the 2007 election. The court sighted irregularities during the general election. This decision therefore calls for a By-Election to be carried out for the election of a new Member of Parliament

Todate, I am amongst several other candidates- majority being men - that have declared running for the seat. If elected, I will be the first woman MP for Makadara. Answering to this call at a time like this is a gift to the women and girls that I have long served. I believe that we need some of us walking the corridors of power to make sure that policies that seek to empower women are enacted.

I have considered key issues in the development of Makadara constituency being amongst other the need to empower women in enterprise development, the need to provide young mothers with education and generally the need protecting women and girls from the risk of crime and domestic violence.

Currently, Kenya is debating on whether to vote for or against the proposed constitution. I stand for a YES vote because the proposed constitution recognizes the aspirations of Kenyans and is bound to lay a ground for the establishment of a government and a society that values human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law. The proposed constitution has included gains for children, persons with disabilities, youth, minorities, marginalized groups and of course those who take centre stage in my heart -Women.

The question that rise everytime a woman dares to take elected office in Kenya is whether women are ready to elect one of their own to push forth an agenda for women? Statements such as "women are enemies of their own lot" have been used again and again by male candidates in their campaigns. They know very well that women are the majority voters. Thus they use this fear and destruction tactic to ensure that women stay divided and give a lee way for men who care less about women issues to emerge as rulers.

I believe that women bear the spirit of togetherness and behold the strength built in being a common unit. The spirit that is pressing us towards our success in the fight against poverty when women at their table or village banks can access micro credit for their business. Or the collective bargaining for casual farm labour so each woman can afford food her household. Unity amongst women as we all hold hands in solidarity is a power tool that can take us far into our journey to empowerment.

As I launch my campaign -Lindy for Change- in Makadara, I have seen women at the grassroot proclaim that "this it is our time." The women in their own small self help groups have endorsed my candidacy and are walking door by door, neighbouhood by neighbourhood, ushering a new beginning in Makadara by women for women and their households.

With the world being a global village, we would like to invite the participation of women from every corner, every tribe, every nation to hold hands in solidarity with the women of Makadara. Through your comments, words of encouragement, prayers and even financial support we can deliver Makadara to the the brand new leadership by women.

On behalf of the women of Makadara, I request for your support. Purpose in your heart today to be part of the new begining coming to Makadara. Every of your donation will assist in printing materials, building a campaign website that will engage the community, meet transport costs as we move from community to community in Makadara and other. Kindly take some time and think just how much of a difference your support will make.

You can donate today by logging to my campaign website www.lindywafula.com. You can also follow discussion and comments from the constituents on our facebook page Lindy Wafula For Makadara on this link http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=108826132472859&ref=ts .

Comments

The Afrika way's picture

hi

hi there....am not a frequent writer in worldpulse, but I am a frequent reader, and your article has touched me....I come from Makadara constituency, and though I am out of the country at the moment, I just had to let you know that you have my support as well as those of many women within and without the constituency. I first "read" your voice in the "Voices of the Future" writing exercises and worldpulse has been a platform for me to read and learn of what other women are doing and achieving. From your articles you have been moving from strength to strength, working tirelessly and with passion....you are a role model....

All the best...you are in our prayers

Dear The Afrika Way,

I received this comment a while ago "Lindy am a bit concerned on Issues of teenage mom's in Mukuru Kayaba. These girls need to be given a chance for Education. Am at the moment doing a HIV/TESTING program in the whole of South B and Mukuru. basically its the Mukuru Nyayo location and am in awe at how many women are living in poverty. Bottom line can the CDF also cater for some of this girls who want to be back to school. I hope once you take the consistuency you will welcome some of us and work with us too"

When I read this and others of this kind I ache with pangs of labour because I can't imagine the future our community will have if we do not take action now. I have dared to get into this not because I am a politician but because I believe we need a leader and a people to work for our common good. Your support my dear sister is very much welcome. From wherever you are just engage and build our capacity

thank you

busayo's picture

Hello Sis

You have takin a great step my dear sister and i will continue to pray for your success. It will be wonderful to have you at the parliament there

Hugs
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Dearest Sister Busayo

Life and grace to you

My prayer request at this hour is for the Lord to grant me wisdom, knowledge and understanding. That I will engage in this calling with the intelligence being wise like a serpent and with righteousness being harmless like a dove according to Matthew 10:16
Travail with me
Shalom

Sophie's picture

My sister!

I have never met you, or heard about you, but I know you, I read your post and I feel I know you, I know you because you are my sister who is determined to make the best of what she has to be the voice of the people of Makadara. I know you because time and again you express what is the need of the people of Makadara, tough for you in our patriarchal society where women are considered last, or after last. Where women candidates in Kenya have to proof that they are angels, yet we march on. I feel you sister, I am also hoping for YES vote in the referendum, more so wish you the very best in your quest my sister!!!!

Great woman you are,
Cheers

Sophie Ngugi
Child of the Universe -www.sophiengugi.blogspot.com

mamaAfrica's picture

thank you

Dearest Sister Sophie
Asante sana dada kwa maneno yako ambayo yamenitia moyo. I have always believed that Africa shall be rebuilt by Africans working in partnership with others. And that African women shall instrumentally contribute to the reconstruction of our society. I am honoured to be found amongst women who are steering chnage and making a difference in this generation. For makadara and for Kenya in general we women have to take our positions and start laying block by block rebuilding our community for ourselves and our children. May I be found worthy to lay my block.

Thank you sis. you are doing a wonderful job as lay your block with the Young Women Leadership Institute. I hope we can meet someday
Love you
Lin

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