On March 8, the world celebrated International Women’s Day 2023, themed “DigitAll: Innovation and technology for gender equality.” With the goal of embracing and championing equality, the world celebrated women and girls utilizing the digital space to address social and economic inequalities through innovations and digital education.

FAWEK, in partnership with several county governments, marked the day with various activities addressing inequalities and how they can use the digital space to champion for women’s equality and representation in key decision-making.

In Trans-Nzoia County, FAWEK and other partners celebrated this day at Kitale Social Hall, where Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Trans-Nzoia County, Philomenah Bineah, was the chief guest. Prior to the gathering, the County Commissioner and the Police Commander, Trans-Nzoia County, led a procession in town to mark the event.

The Deputy Governor of Trans-Nzoia County, Philomenah Bineah giving her remarks during IWD celebrations in Kitale Social Hall.

In her speech, the chief guest, H.E. Philomenah, appreciated the digital space for supporting women in business through digital marketing, health, and security sectors.Women and girls must be able to engage, create, learn, and work safely and productively either online or offline, making the most of all the opportunities in every sphere of life and at every stage, in education, economy, society, and in politics,” said the Deputy Governor.

FAWEK is working with the county government to empower women through initiatives like Imarisha Msichana not only to give girls and teenage mothers opportunities for re-entry in schools but create a society with equal opportunities for both men and women free of all forms of gender-based violence.

H. E. the First Lady of Narok County leading a procession in Narok to mark this year’s IWD celebration.

In Narok County, H. E. the First Lady also reiterated the issues facing women and encouraged the them to stand up for what would uplift their social status. She encouraged participants to work together to create an environment where men and women are allowed to participate in and make decisions regardless of their gender. “The county government is working to ensure that gender equality is attained and the people of Narok County, including women, are given an opportunity to be part of the team that journeys towards transformation using digital technology.”

Other counties that FAWEK partnered with to celebrate International Women’s Day include Kakamega, Busia, and Turkana. In all these activities, one thing was clear: “When barriers to power and leadership are broken, there’s real equality.”