, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s wife Ida was on Saturday feted with the distinguished African Amazon award by The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development.
Ida Odinga was honoured following her relentless quest to empower women in the continent during the gala night of the International Conference on African Women development held in Dubai.
Previous recipients of the annual continental prize were Liberian President and Nobel Laureate Ellen Sirleaf and Gambian Vice president Isatou Njie-Saidy who were feted in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
The PM’s wife has actively advocated the rights and welfare of the African woman and has been instrumental in promoting the education of the girl child.
The four-day conference which attracted distinguished personalities from the continent gave the African women leaders a platform to take stock of their progression.
The theme of the conference centered on “women as catalysts for Africa’s economic development in the emerging decade” reviewed the challenges and opportunities women face in the continent.
The award comes barely three months after Ida received an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities from Igbinedion University of Nigeria for her role in African democratization process.
As the former chairperson of the league of Kenya women voters, Ida has devoted her efforts to provoke women to aspire for leadership especially under the current constitutional dispensation which reserves a special ratio for gender.
She has also been vocal in the “White Ribbon Alliance” campaign which advocates for safe motherhood programmes to prevent maternal deaths and promotion of awareness on breast cancer.
She is also the Patron of the Paraplegic organisation of Kenya; Kenya Women Medical Association and a champion of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.
Other charitable ventures in which she is involved include orphanage centres in the sprawling Kibera slums where she sponsors the education of less fortunate members of the society.