International Women's Day, observed annually on March 8th, is a global celebration that recognizes and honors the achievements, contributions and progress of women throughout history. This day is a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for gender inclusion and equality, highlighting the importance of empowering women in all spheres of life. It is based on the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women priority theme “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective”.

As we celebrate the achievements of women worldwide, let us commit to dismantling barriers and creating a future where every woman has the opportunity to thrive. It is a day to inspire change, challenge norms, and work collectively toward a world where women are valued, respected and empowered in every aspect of life.


The origins of International Women's Day can be traced back to the early 20th Century, when women began demanding their rights and challenging societal norms. The first National Women's Day was organized by the Socialist Movement in the United States of America on February 28, 1909. The idea gained international momentum and in 1910, the International Women's Conference in Copenhagen proposed the establishment of an annual celebration to advocate for women's rights. The first official International Women's Day was celebrated on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.


Women have historically played significant roles in peacebuilding efforts in Africa, often at the grassroots level, where they have demonstrated their ability to bring communities together, promote dialogue and address the root causes of conflicts. Their unique perspectives and experiences offer valuable insights into conflict prevention and resolution. In a family setup, women are the peacemakers at home and the community at large.


On 8th March 2024, President William Ruto accompanied by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Council of Governors Chairperson Anne Waiguru, Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire among other leaders, led Kenyans in marking this year's International Women's Day celebrations in Embu, while the First Lady Rachel Ruto celebrated this year’s Women’s Day at Kisumu Women’s Prison.

In a vibrant display of solidarity, the NCIC Central Rift office joined Nakuru County and the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day at the Deputy County Commissioner’s grounds in Keringet town in Kuresoi, Nakuru County. The theme for this year’s celebration, “Invest in women - Accelerate Progress,” resonated throughout the event, emphasizing the indispensable role of women in every facet of society.


International Women’s Day 2024 celebrations in Nakuru County


Led by Nakuru County Chief Officer Gender, Gladys Kamuren, the celebration echoed the sentiments of H.E Governor Susan Kihika, emphasizing the imperative of recognizing women’s achievements, championing gender equality, and fostering environments where women can flourish across all spheres of life. Director in charge of Gender, Celine Nkatha highlighted a series of ongoing initiatives under the leadership of the Governor, aimed at empowering women in the region.


NCIC Central Rift Regional Program Officer planting a tree during IWD 2024

Women's Day is a global reminder of the ongoing journey towards gender inclusion and equality. Let us celebrate women every day and hold them in high regard. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) celebrates all Kenyan women in their role in fostering peace and national cohesion in Kenya and wishes them a Happy International Women’s Day 2024.


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