- Age: 29
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Gender equality is achievable, though it may take time. It will take the effort of every individual, including men. Male involvement in all strategies for achieving gender equality is necessary, whether in law or policy formulation, and at any level, whether national, regional, or international.
- Margaret Atieno
Margaret Atieno was born and raised in Kenya. Margaret received a Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Development Studies from Egerton University in 2018. Margaret is a volunteer, youth champion, member of the sexual and reproductive health and rights youth group, and chairperson of staff meetings at the Young Women Christian Association Kisumu Branch.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I have always believed in human dignity and respect of human life. I aspire for a society where both men and women are able to access opportunities such as employment, education, access to resources, and leadership positions equally and with minimal challenges. Women have been known to be better leaders. If given opportunities, they would do better.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
As a gender officer at Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), I work to connect gender-based violence survivors to Jaramogi Rescuing Center where I do follow up, connect them with medical health services, and ensure justice is achieved.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Watching movies and reading novels and interesting books.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Kiswahili (Advanced/Native)
- Luo (Advanced/Native)
- gender equality in the workplace
- policies and laws on empowerment
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Kenya Redcross Egerton Chapter Certificate of Participation on Community Services
- Egerton University Certificate of Participation in Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Leonard Cheshire Disability Certificate of Participation in Entrepreneurship Training for Parent Support Groups
- Emmanuel Computer Academy Certificate Course
- Department of Social Services Letter