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Senator Crystal Asige recognised for advocacy work

Nominated Senator Crystal Asige has been awarded for her exemplary work in advocating for the increased recognition and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Kenya.

The awards were presented by the Swedish organization Forum Civ and Isuzu East Africa, a leading motor vehicle assembler, during International Women’s Day celebrations.

Senator Asige’s tireless efforts in championing the rights and visibility of persons with disabilities have garnered international recognition.

The awards ceremony, held on International Women’s Day, specifically honored her role in inspiring and impacting the world’s view on the intersectionality of being a young woman with a disability in leadership.

These accolades follow Senator Asige’s recent legislative successes, including the sponsorship and passage of three Bills aimed at enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities: the Persons with Disabilities Bill 2023, the Kenyan Sign Language Bill 2023, and the Startup Bill 2022.

Addressing attendees at the award ceremonies, Senator Asige expressed gratitude for the recognition, stating that it serves as motivation for her to continue her advocacy work.

She emphasised the importance of resilience in effecting meaningful change, particularly in empowering women and persons with disabilities.

“Resilience is very important in any journey and anything important is worth waiting for. We, as women, have to remember it starts with us. If we don’t have the fuel and the fire that spurs us on, nobody around us will be persuaded by our push,” Senator Asige said.

The senator also highlighted the crucial role of the media in advancing women’s empowerment by providing a platform to voice challenges and showcase achievements.

She stressed the potential of media to dismantle barriers and foster positive societal changes.

“As a Kenyan female senator, and the only Member of Parliament, with a visual disability, I believe in using the power of media to bring lasting change in mindset. Through media, we can break down existing barriers and make positive changes in our society.”

In addition to her legislative endeavors, Senator Asige has been actively engaged in raising awareness about issues affecting women’s lives.

She recently raised a notice of motion in the Kenyan Senate regarding the increased killings of women and girls, deeming it an urgent national concern.

This advocacy extended to organizing a motion in the National Assembly and calling for a nationwide observance of Dark Valentine, marked by overnight vigils.

Senator Asige’s multifaceted approach to advocacy also includes artistic expression. She recently released a new song titled “Tattoo,” encouraging women to find strength in their struggles and persevere.

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