It has been said that women are the pillar of families and communities. In Kenya, the untapped potential of women and girls is gaining greater attention, with policy makers seeking to remedy exclusion of women and promote their full involvement in diverse aspects of societal growth and development.
The discussion around women’s issues finds a platform on Twitter, where various women leaders and activists share their messages of empowerment with others.
In Kenya, a number of women are providing inspiration for others through their passionate pursuit of career excellence, family and community development, artistic expression and so much more.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year and as more women become self-empowered, it seeks to support more of these women and encourage them in their pursuit of economic, political and social achievement.
As Women’s Day approaches, here are some noteworthy examples of Kenyan women to follow and engage with on Twitter. This is not a comprehensive list as there are so many Kenyan women who are worth following on Twitter including @kenyanpundit, @aKenyangirl and NiNanjira who are on my list of must follow women on twitter. We get so much inspiration from women on Twitter and below are just 5 of them.
Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo), Actress and Director
The story of Mexican-Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o is one that people love to tell and hear. Following her monumental Academy Awards win for 12 Years a Slave, Lupita encourages women from around the world to follow their dreams and aspire for the best in life. She represents the fulfillment of wildest dreams.
Irene Koki Mutungi (@ms_koki), Dreamliner Captain, Kenya Airways
Irene Mutungi is the first female Dreamliner Captain in Africa. She has steadily risen through the ranks at Kenya Airways, where for six years, was the only female pilot. Captain Irene’s conversations on Twitter consist of urging young girls to pursue their dreams.
Margaret Kenyatta- (@FirstLadyKenya)
Tabitha Karanja (@TabithaKaranja), CEO, Keroche Industries
Coming from humble beginnings and facing numerous business challenges, Tabitha Karanja has emerged as one of the foremost business leaders in the country. In 2014, she was named the Business Woman of the year 2014 at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards.
Lornah Kiplagat (@lornahkiplagat), World record holding athlete
Kenyan-Dutch Lornah Kiplagat is a source of inspiration for many aspiring athletes looking to achieve the level of success that she has in her sporting career. She recently launched a sporting wear line designed for the trendy African woman.
Who are your favourite must follow women on Twitter? Let me know in the comments section.