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Esther Passaris honoured with outstanding African community figure award

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Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris has been honoured for her contribution to the advancement of women and youth in Kenya.

Passaris received the 2019 Outstanding African Community Figure Award from Voice Achievers.

The woman rep shared the news through her Twitter handle on Friday, August 16,evening, just after being feted.

Esther Passaris, William Ruto, Esther Passaris standing in front of a store: Esther Passaris honoured with outstanding African community figure award © Provided by Genesis Media Esther Passaris honoured with outstanding African community figure award
"Honored to be recognized by The Voice Achievers as the 2019 Outstanding African Community Figure for my contribution to the advancement of women & youth in Kenya. I am deeply grateful to the committee for this conferment and congratulate my fellow Achievers tonight,"

Voice Achievers Award is given to leaders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the political, corporate and social sphere.

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Passaris has been vocal in advocating and championing for the rights of women and the less fortunate in the society.

Though the women rep's leadership has been marred with controversy and accusations of extortion and foul mouth, she has remained resilient and steadfast in pursuing her course of empowering women and the youth.

Passaris was in July appointed to the Africa Forum for Urban Safety to enhance the role and capacity of local governments in Africa to deliver urban safety for all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable.

She described the appointment as an honor and a great opportunity to contribute towards making African cities safe for women and girls.

As the executive member, the women rep will be expected to provide guidance and advocate for the forum's objectives in East Africa and beyond.

In Nairobi, Passaris is known for her Adopt-a-Light project which was started in 2002 to light up the city.

The project was later nicknamed “Nairobbery” and further earned her the title "Mama Taa".

In an effort to address youth unemployment menace in Nairobi, Passaris recently awarded carts (mkokotenis) to a number of young men in the city to help them earn a living.

Though the project was heavily criticised, some observers noted it was a step in the right direction and a demonstration of the willingness to address the challenge.

Other who were feted include former premier Raila Odinga, Uganda's Opposition leader Kizza Bisigye, Chief Administrative Secretary in foreign affairs ministry Ababu Namwamba and Username CEO Reuben Kimani among others.


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