Latest news, top stories and updates: Four women who inspired us this week
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This week we feature news about phenomenal women who are breaking records, shattering glass ceilings and making history.

Kenya's Mary Njoroge to officiate at Women's World Cup in 2023

World Football governing body Fifa has earmarked Kenya's Mary Njoroge as a prospective woman Assistant Referee candidate in Fifa Women's World Cup 2023 which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Mary is among 156 referees and assistant referees who have been named for the international showpiece.

The game changer has made huge strides in her career and remains to be a sports woman to reckon with. She was selected to officiate at the Fifa Women's World Cup that happened in France last year.

She was also called to officiate at the eighth Africa Women's Championships finals happening in Equatorial Guinea. Last year, Njoroge also made history upon officiating the 2019 U17 Africa cup of nations.

 

Kenya Power appoints first woman board chairperson

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Vivienne Yeda (pictured) has made history after her appointment by Kenya Power Lighting Company (KPLC) as the first woman Board of Director’s Chairperson.

In a tweet, KPLC congratulated Yeda and expressed hope in her leadership.

"We are excited to announce the appointment of M/s. Vivienne Yeda, OGW, as the chairman, Board of Directors. She is the first woman to hold this position we look forward to holding this position. We look forward to her stewardship, and that of the entire Board, as we pursue our growth journey "

The Masters of Law holder served as the Director of the General East African Development Band before her appointment. She was awarded African Banker of the Year in 2014 for her exemplary work at EADB.

Yeda replaces replaces Mahboub Maalim.

According to 2017 KIM Leadership and Diversity Research report, representation of women on boards stands at 21 per cent up from 12 per cent in 2012. The same report identified that only 4 of the 52 listed companies sampled had female chairpersons, which is equavalent to 7.7 per cent representation.

 

I will not withdraw the surrogacy Bill: Says MP Millie Mabona

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Mbita Member of Parliament Millie Adhiambo has vowed to stand by her surrogacy bill which elicited negative reactions from a section of prolife activists.

Taking to social media, the outspoken MP sent a stern warning to the demonstrators saying, "...I am withdrawing nothing, nada nono zero..."  

In Kenya, surrogacy is still shrouded in secrecy. To date, no law governs surrogacy and assisted reproduction, however the Reproductive Healthcare Bill 2014 surrogacy can happen informally subject to mutual agreement.

Through this bill, Millie addresses In-Vitro fertilization (IVF) pricing, piling cases surrounding surrogacy and quacks elimination. The IVF pricing presently stands at nearly Sh1 million; many couples have resorted to having the procedure done abroad.

Meanwhile, there have been cases of men eloping with surrogate mothers. According to the proposed bill, such cases will be addressed by a body called Assisted Reproductive Technology Authority.

 

Black Brazilian ballerina graces Brazilian Vogue cover

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Ingrid Silva is the first black Brazillian ballet dancer to appear on Vogue Magazine's cover. The ballerina celebrated this milestone with her follwers on social media .

Dreams are possible! Representation is very important in every way...That's exactly what this cover is. I am representing black women, Brazilian, ballerina (for those who dream or have dreamed) I am making history by being the first black ballerina on the cover of Vogue...” said the co-founder of Blacks in Ballet, a platform that highlights stories of black ballet dancers.

Silva is the founder of a women's digital platform dubbed EmpowHer New York through which women share their career journeys.

The ballerina has also been ranked among the top 100 under 40 influential women according to Mipad 2020.

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