Kenya

H.E. Madam Margaret Kenyatta

First Lady of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Madam Margaret Kenyatta has a background in construction and architecture. She is actively involved in wildlife conservation and in 2013 launched the “Hands off Our Elephants” campaign to eliminate the illegal ivory trade that has led to the slaughter of thousands of elephants in Africa. She is committed to environmental conservation, Her Excellency started an initiative, known as the First Lady TreePlanting Awards Scheme, to recognize Kenyan schools that plant the highest number of trees in their institutions. Her Excellency is passionate about the welfare of women. She has also joined the fight against cervical cancer and is raising awareness about the stigma associated with the illness. Margaret Kenyatta is perhaps best known for ‘Beyond Zero’ – a campaign aimed at complimenting the Government of Kenya’s effort to eliminate maternal and child mortality and HIV/AIDS.
In March 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Fellowship Honoris Causa from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) in recognition of theFirst Lady’s unflinching commitment to end maternal and child mortality in Kenya and reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission under her Beyond Zero Initiative

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