Kenyan Canadian Association (KCA) held the Inuagural International Women's Day Workshop & Celebration Dinner on March 11, 2023 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The colorful event was grace by invited local and international dignitaries and special guests.
The Chief Guest was The Spouse of The Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Pastor Dr. Dorcas Rigathi EGH, who received an award from KCA for championing Gender Equality and the plight of the Boy Child. H.E. Pastor Dr. Dorcas Rigathi was welcomed to the City by His Worship Patrick Brown, The Mayor of Brampton. She was accompanied to the event by Kenya High Commissioner to Canada H.E. Amb. Immaculate Wambua and Kenya Honorary Consul in Toronto Mr. Sunir Chandaria. Other Canadian Political Leaders who graced the event include Brampton North MP Hon. Ruby Sahota, MPP of Brampton Centre and Ontario Minister of Women's Social and Economic Opportunity. Hon. Charmaine Williams and Brampton North MPP Hon. Graham McGregor.
The 2023 International Women's Day Award Winners were:
- H.E. Pastor Dr. Dorcas Rigathi - Boy Child / Gender Equality Award
- Hon. Charmaine Williams - Political Leadership Award - Canada
- Hon. Prof. Margaret Kamar - Political Leadership Award - Kenya
- H.E. Amb. Immaculate Wambua - Diaspora Support Award
- Dr. Edith Jacobet Wambayi - Women Empowerment Award
- Catherine Matimu - Community Service Award
- Prof. Njoki Wane - Social Justice Scholary Award
- Wambui Essie - Media Journalism Award
- Mary Mwaura - Spiritual Leadership Award
- Terry Ortlieb - Volunteer of the Year Award
- Sheila Wairimu - Music Talent Award
The elegant event was organized by KCA through Women & Gender Affairs Program headed by Jackie Kariuki. Speaking at the dinner, KCA President & Executive Director Ephraim Mwaura, urged the women to continue working towards addressing Gender-based Violence and Gender Equality by leveraging current innovation and technology inline with 2023 United Nations theme of “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”
The workshop was made possible through generous support of donors, sponsors and partners including Canadian Women's Foundation, WES Mariam Assefa Fund, Network for the Advancement of Black Communities (NABC), Heart Lake Run, PHusion Global, World Remit and African Canadian Social Development Council (ACSDC).