The year of the woman
Posted Saturday, December 29 2012 at 02:00
- A wrap up of the best and worst for women in Kenya and around the world.
Vivian Cheruiyot is named the 2012 Laureus World Sportswoman of the year, receiving the premier honours in the international sporting calendar after failing to be named the IAAF female athlete of the year in 2012.
Queen Elizabeth II marks 60 years on the throne on the second day of this month. Her Diamond Jubilee celebrations continue throughout the year.
Joyce Banda is sworn in as the fourth president of Malawi, becoming the country’s first female head of State following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Beyoncé is named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person of the Year. The singer has 16 Grammys and is also an actress, wife, and mother.
The Kenya Prisons volleyball team wins the African Women’s Club Volleyball Championship for the second year running to represent Africa in the Volleyball Club World Championship.
A report released by WHO, Unicef, UNFPA, and the World Bank in May 2012 found that maternal deaths have significantly reduced, by half, in the past 20 years. Kenya’s maternal mortality rate, however, is still one of the highest in the world, at approximately 530 per 100,000 live births.
Gambian national, Fatou Bensouda, is elected to serve as the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s Home Affairs minister, becomes the first woman to be elected head of the African Union Commission, beating Gabon’s Jean Ping in a close contest.
Marissa Mayer is appointed first female Yahoo CEO while seven months pregnant, inspiring working mothers around the world.
The United Arab Emirates sends its first female weightlifter, Khadija Mohammad, to the Olympics. She was the second woman on the UAE Olympic team.
Kenyan women fail to impress at the Olympics, but manage to get silver in the 5,000 metres race and the marathon through Vivian Cheruiyot and Priscah Jeptoo respectively.
Gulf African Bank launches a women-only bank in Eastleigh, Nairobi, in line with Islamic principles.