NAIROBI, Kenya May 11 – The world on Sunday marked the international mother’s day, a day that mothers all around the world are celebrated and appreciated for their role in the society.
In Kenya, there were various activities organized to appreciate women, including a treat organized by Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday ahead of the Sunday world event.
Agatha Juma, one of the women invited said she was grateful that for once mothers like her got recognized for the role as women in society.
“This is a very thoughtful surprise seeing as the day falls on a Sunday which is a family day, and even though it is our day we still find ourselves having to run around with the babies just make sure that everyone is okay,” she said.
The treat for the women was an initiative organised by Intercontinental Hotel with participation from
Chase bank, Wines of the World and Suzie beauty.
Juma was one of the women invited to the hotel where they were treated to a sumptuous meal, before they were offered various personal care services for their hair, pedicure and manicure.
“We at the Intercontinental value the role that the mothers and future mothers play in the society. We saw it important that we bring them together to network in an afternoon where they will feel honoured,” said Fred Ogutu, the hotel’s Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.
Some of the women interviewed in Nairobi said they are proud to be mothers, while urging men to always support them in fulfilling their role.
“I am proud of being a mother, it is not easy because we raise children and are responsible for household chores, I happy that there is a day set aside to celebrate us,” Martha Njeri, a second-hand clothes dealer said.
Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has been very keen to support mothers and children in her Beyond Zero Campaign, even becoming the first ever First lady to participate in the London Marathon to support her cause.
“As I run, I will be thinking how every mother needs to see her children grow up and how devastating and heart breaking it is for a mother to lose her child,” she said “I am very much concerned about children left without a mother because they could not access proper health care.”
And as the world celebrates the event worldwide, mothers of over 200 girls abducted by the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria have nothing to celebrate about.
The mothers remain optimistic that the militant group which has threatened to sell out the girls, will release them, after the sustained campaign worldwide campaign dubbed #BringBackOurGirls.
The US and other western nations have joined in the search for the girls who remain missing since last month.