A woman empowered is a Nation empowered: How Kenyan Women in the United States (KWITU) have created a movement that is likely to impact the lives of many Kenyans at home and abroad

Albert Musasia—

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan once said, “The empowerment of women is the most effective tool for development”.

Indeed there are many other quotes about women progress that cannot be ignored,case in point,the Pakistani education activist Yousafzai Malala said, “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

As if that wasn’t enough,former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, once said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

For KWITU, enough has been said and they are not holding back. It appears that the stage has been set for them to launch their journey to greatness.

Founded in 2015, KWITU has transformed itself into a formidable force that is continuing to promote the welfare of its members through empowering their businesses, sharing information and ideas, helping victims of domestic violence, uplifting bereaved members as well as helping orphans back home in Kenya.

During the just concluded annual gala, it was revealed that KWITU spent a whopping $109,000 in assisting  bereaved members across the United States.This is no pocket change; rather, a clear indication of the organization muscle of the KWITU organization.

Perhaps not to be left behind, Kenyan companies have noticed and are willing to open their wallets to sponsor KWITU events. During their last event  held at the Marriott Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, a record 30 Kenyan companies were represented, with some sending their representative all the way from Kenya.

KWITU comprises of career women whose earning potential is enormous.This almost guarantees their ability to spend on investment projects among others. However, it’s the well-organized way of doing things that have attracted both envy and admiration.

KWITU’s leadership ability to steer away from the divisive tribalism and politics that has  defined Kenyan social groups in the diaspora has been the glue that sticks it together.

Kenyan men in the diaspora have something to learn from their women counterparts. For KWITU,their success and growth will continue to be an inspiration; and their story a case study for many immigrants not only in the United States but across the world.

It won’t be surprising to see Nigerian Women in the United States ,NWITU, TWITU for Tanzania or even UITU and RWITU for Uganda and Rwanda respectively.

Kenyans ability to be creative is amazing, the KWITU idea is by itself brilliant, now it’s time Kenyans harnessed this energy and started investments that will strengthen this movement.


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