Glass ceilings are meant to be broken, goes a popular saying. And this is the global attitude women have maintained throughout last week. From Kamala Harris becoming a leader of many firsts to Chimamanda being declared ‘Winner of Winners’ for Women’s Prize for fiction 2021, women did not just break glass ceilings but owned them.
Despite the wins, the world was shocked by devastating news of gunmen who attacked an Afghan police officer leaving her blind and jobless. Here’s the full list of women who caught our attention.
Connie Aluoch launches comfortable and versatile Little Afro Dress
Kenya’s iconic fashion stylist Connie Aluoch is set to launch a fashion line dubbed Little Afro Dress, which according to the award-winning stylist and scholar is, “Our very own version of the Little Black Dress (LBD).”
The Little Black Dress associated with power, elegance and simplicity; is often described as the uniform of choice for some of the most iconic women in history including Audrey Hepburn, the late Princess Diana and Coco Chanel. Connie is partnering with a seasoned fashion designer Carole Kinoti to create LAD brand, “a comfortable, versatile dress for the African woman.”
Kinoti took to social media to congratulate Aluoch on making the bold move. “Watch this space..A beautiful story about the L.A.D is about to unfold.. Our very OWN version of the Little Black Dress..Thanks Connie for carrying this Brand with the message it designed for...For CONNIE ALUOCH by CAROLE KINOTI #Glamour #Made in kenya,” she said.
Meanwhile, Connie told Woman Kenya Network that, plans for the big reveal are underway and, “I can’t reveal too much now.”
Connie Aluoch has made a name in the fashion industry and is the first Kenyan in the East and Central African region to obtain a Master’s Degree in Fashion Styling. In 2014, Connie was recognized as the Established Fashion Stylist. Besides fashion, she is an image and etiquette trainer.
Kamala Harris breaks the vice presidential glass ceiling
Kamala Devi Harris, 56, is on her way to becoming first woman, first Black American and first Asian American and the first female vice president in US history. But that’s not all. The Howard University alumni is an inspirational leader of many firsts and here are a few things you probably didn’t know about the political science and law degree holder from Hastings College.
Kamala was the first Indian American to serve as a US senator. In 2010 she was narrowly elected attorney general of California and become the first female and the first African American to hold the post. Her husband Doug Emhoff, will not only be will be the first "second gentleman but also the first Jewish American in the vice presidential residence. Harris is also an author. She has written Smart on Crime cowritten with Joan O’C. Hamilton and a memoir, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, which was published in January 2019.
United Nation appoints Alice Nderitu as special adviser on prevention of genocide
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres recently appointed Alice Wairimu Nderitu as Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide. Guterres said Nderitu was, “a recognized voice in the field of peacebuilding and violence.”
In her new role, Nderitu is expected to raise alarm over situations that may result in genocide and prevent the occurrence of genocides. The PHD holder is an experienced mediator and is hailed for prevention of violence and peace building initiatives. The former commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya (NCIC) is also Founding Member and co-Chair of the Uwiano Platform for Peace, a prevention agency linking early warning to early response in Kenya. Uwiano platform provides space for coordination of key stakeholders and promotion of initiatives that mitigate
Nderitu served as a researcher of Kenya Prisons Service between 1992-1999 and was involved in monitoring the just completed elections in Tanzania. She succeeds Adama Dieng of Senegal.
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