Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa (centre), Mt Elgon KNUT Woman representative Ms Jemimah Temko (left), Girls Advocacy Initiative Secretary Dr Rebecca Masibayi (2nd left and Démiré Modelling Agency Director Deborah Nafula join students during the Girls Initiative event at Bungoma Posta Grounds. PHOTO CREDIT/NEWSFLASH
BY SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS
A Nairobi-based judge today joined an advocacy group in mentoring school girls in Bungoma County.
Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa who is also the Vice Chairperson of Kenya Women Judges Association, challenged young girls to embrace education if they want to lead a beautiful life in future.
“I am encouraging our women and young girls to take education very serious because it’s a weapon to better one’s future,” said the Milimani Commercial Court judge and the event’s chief guest.
Lady Justice Wasilwa, who also hails from Bungoma County, was speaking at Bungoma Posta Grounds during a girl-child awareness event organised by Girls Advocacy Initiative.
She also warned older and influential men who have perfected the art of taking advantage of young and poor girls before dumping them.
“I also want to warn those sponsors; your days are numbered. Stick to your wives and leave alone these young girls to persue their studies.”
However, she also thanked men who have constantly supported the initiative and urged them to enlighten other men about the vice.
Girls Advocacy Initiative was founded in 2012 with Dr Rebecca Masibayi being among the key starters.
The fleet of procession marches in the streets of Bungoma town.PHOTO/COURTESY
Dr Masibayi, who is also a high school teacher in Bumula Sub-County, has been active in girl-child matters, advocating for the rights of young girls in the society.
“Our main goal at Girls Advocacy Initiative is to speak up for abused, neglected or abandoned girls and guide them to places where they can stay at peace,” explained Dr Masibayi.
“Besides, we support girls from economically disadvantaged families who are in school with opportunities and support that does not only emphasize on academics.” She told the thousands of attendees drawn from local girls schools and lobby groups.
The event started with a procession to the streets within Bungoma town with the students displaying banners and placards with a message “Give Girls Education, not Sex” where they were briefly joined by Father Christopher Wanyonyi of the Bungoma Parish Church.
The students also engaged in competition activities including poetry, singing, dancing and modeling.
Other dignitaries at the event included Ms Gorret Simiyu from the TSC, Mrs Jemimah Temko (KNUT Woman Rep in Mt Elgon) and Jessicah Lusabe, the retired Principal, Kibabii TTC.
Dr Masibayi (in specs) with the students at Bungoma Posta Grounds.
Among the partners of the event included Khetias Supermarket, Khalaba Medical Centre and Démiré Models who judged and awarded the winners in the modeling competition.
De’Mire Modeling Agency partners with various organizations that empower and mentor young women to be agents of change in the community.
Other services provided at the event included a free HIV testing and counseling, testing for diabetes mellitas, and eye checkup.