He asked “What’s your favorite position?”
I replied, “CEO!".
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East African Students League Conference, 15th
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pushed them to, but… not ONLY do just 20% men know
about the staggering rate of untested fibrosis or cervical
cancer in wo...
o Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-
age youth and ages 12-18. (2013 CDC WISQARS)
o More teenagers ...
Women were more likely to have been diagnosed by a
doctor with a sexually transmitted infection – 12% of
women aged 16 to ...
substance use disorders, in that females become
dependent faster and suffer the consequences sooner,
compared to males. (N...
to wear and what to flaunt, while her inner person lies
within neglected – naked, unwise, and hungry. Today,
girls know wh...
chaotic world. I come as a solution in the form of a
legislator, voter, activist, environmentalist, employer, a
mother, a ...
growth rate is near six percent with a female leader as
compared to a mere one percent with a male leader.”
“This revelati...
natural collaborative, transformational, and inclusive
leadership styles always provides for radical growth.
President Ell...
Halonen, President of Finland, Dalia Grybauskaite,
President of Lithuania, and Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
Prime Minister of T...
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Najda Khan Speech EASFL 15th May 2015..

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  • 1. He asked “What’s your favorite position?” I replied, “CEO!". 2nd East African Students League Conference, 15th May 2015 - Nairobi, Kenya. This paper was presented at the 2nd Eastern African Students For Liberty Conference May 15-16 2015, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya to Student Leaders in the EA region. Hi, my name is Najda Khan, I am a 5th generation born Kenyan, I am an HR and Marketing Manager for WECA at an international organization, I am a conflict management student at the UON, I am a sister an aspiring mother an activist a voter and a very very vocal tax payer but above everything, I am change*. We all know a common truth- that women always support men, and hence the common saying “Behind every successful man is a woman” but how much greater truth (I ask rhetorically) is the reverse of this statement? that “Behind every successful woman is an army of women armed with pitch forks and torches trying to burn her down”. That is why 80% of women know what prostate cancer is and 7/10 men go to get tested for it because women
  • 2. pushed them to, but… not ONLY do just 20% men know about the staggering rate of untested fibrosis or cervical cancer in women, but less than 20% of women get tested and even when they do, we can be sure its no man or woman who talked her into it! The girl child is clearly on man’s blind side BUT even more unfortunate, “the today’s woman’s” too. Her continuous struggle out of the sinking sand that is size ‘0’, light skin, straight hair, thigh gap, boyfriends, sex etc loudly indicates our failure not only to protect but to raise a young strong woman of substance We have greatly failed to provide her with a role model or mentor to look up to for leadership. For guidance to what really matters in a woman, and in life. And when the wrong standards that have been set by “The Modern Woman” seem too far-fetched and not worth the struggle; like having Tina Turner legs, Beyonce’s insured ‘behind’, Halle Berry’s model figure and Vera Sidika’s boots worth 500,000… most of them throw in the towel and decide to bow out. Yes, we don’t talk about it a lot, but lack of purpose in life is one of the leading causes of death. Can you imagine??? o Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10- 24. (2013 CDC WISQARS)
  • 3. o Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college- age youth and ages 12-18. (2013 CDC WISQARS) o More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED! Lets put things into perspective here by asking some simple questions, NB- women make up majority of Kenyans population, that’s a lot of women!;  Why do we suffer in silence about domestic abuse?  Where do young and hey, mature women too! Go to receive sexual advise? I mean before they have to give up and consciously allow their husbands to look for it elsewhere?  Where do young girls sign up for quality mentorship programs?  Where do I find an empowered mothers support group?  We run with the First lady to raise funds for women but how much time do we spend being one?  How many of you here have read or understood the bill of rights?  How many of you even know what rights you have as a woman in Kenya? RIGHT!
  • 4. Women were more likely to have been diagnosed by a doctor with a sexually transmitted infection – 12% of women aged 16 to 69 said they had contracted an infection, compared with 9% of men of the same age. Equal proportions of men and women – 2% – had been diagnosed more than once. Young people are more likely than those who are older to have been tested for the STI chlamydia (27% of men and 44% of women aged 16 to 24, compared with 6% of men and 12% of women aged 45 to 54). On the other hand, while the government continues dragging feet as far as curbing drugs from penetrating into the country, the girl child suffers the most. Why? Well: Certain risk factors may make the female population MORE VULNERABLE to substance use disorders than the male population. That is according to a three-year study on women and young girls (aged 8– 22) which revealed that girls and young women use substances for different reasons than boys and young men. The study found that risk factors such as low self-esteem, peer pressure, and depression make girls and young women more vulnerable to substance use as well as
  • 5. substance use disorders, in that females become dependent faster and suffer the consequences sooner, compared to males. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, The Formative Years: Pathways to Substance Abuse Among Girls and Young Women Ages 8–22 And as if that is not enough… they deal with under age sex. Full plate for them, you must admit! About 27% of women between 16 and 24 had intercourse before they reached age of consent according to an annual health survey. More than a quarter of young women today say that they first had sex when they were below the age of 16, a greater proportion than in any previous generation asked about underage sex in an official annual health survey. But don’t you suppose if the girl child was reading and hearing more about how incredibly endowed she is to be the crucial change that the world needs… the story would be different? I mean, instead of being bombarded by wrong advisors who tell her how a low cut blouse and mini skirt will land her a job faster than she can say ‘Curriculum Vitae’. Modern woman is clouding her reasoning on the internet, TV, radio and Newspapers with how “emancipated” she is when she chooses what
  • 6. to wear and what to flaunt, while her inner person lies within neglected – naked, unwise, and hungry. Today, girls know which dress Lupita Nyong’o wore to each and every red carpet… but are completely ignorant of her educational background at Yale School of Drama, and Hampshire College. Ladies, what are we doing??! Notwithstanding, every girls’ dream is valid no matter where they are from. And there is hope! We are battered but not shattered. Women and girls of this generation can ride above the tides of our times and change the world like Mother Teresa who said “You can change the world; with one good deed to one person at a time.” And, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” He asked me what my favorite position is. I replied “CEO". I want to be the Queen; at the highest echelon of influence. I am all of excellence. How I have juggled being a wife, mother, daughter, house manager, care giver, employee over the centuries should count for something. I make ‘home’, and so far… home has good reviews! From the cliché “east or west, home is the best”… my POWER WOMAN’S CV is irrefutably impressive. My being at the top is an inevitable solution to this
  • 7. chaotic world. I come as a solution in the form of a legislator, voter, activist, environmentalist, employer, a mother, a sister, a wife and much more. But for me to give this world a makeover, I, WOMAN, need to be strategically placed – at the top, and to be supported. Lets see why? In a 13th May 2015, Huffington Post article titled ‘Women Presidents Outperform Their Male Counterparts in Complex Economies’, Nicholas A. Pearce notes, “In the most ethnically diverse countries, women outperform their male counterparts when it comes to growing the gross domestic product (GDP), a globally significant measure of national economic progress, according to recent findings; published in the Journal of International Affairs. In countries characterized by the highest levels of ethnic diversity (read: the most complex and divided, such as the Central African Republic and Liberia), having a female national leader is correlated with a 6.6 percent GDP growth rate in the following year, as compared to a rate of less than one percent with a male leader. For example, in Liberia and the Central African Republic – countries which rank among the most ethnically diverse in the world – the predicted GDP
  • 8. growth rate is near six percent with a female leader as compared to a mere one percent with a male leader.” “This revelation, which is the product of a five-decade examination of 5,700 national leader observations in 139 nations, dispels the myth that women are too maternal, lack strength or are otherwise ill-equipped to provide senior-level leadership in trying times and amid complex circumstances. Findings reveal that not only can women grow global economies, but that a little motherly sensitivity can go a long way in guiding a nation in need of healing to not only mend, but thrive.” Ethnically diverse nations (Sic. like Kenya) suffer from more ethnic conflict and inequality, less inclusion and weaker economic growth than their more ethnically homogeneous counterparts. High levels of ethnic diversity make governing a more complicated high-wire act than in less complex societies. That women can not only succeed in these trying circumstances, but flourish runs counter to previous misconceptions and approaches to women leaders, and begs a reexamination of the qualities associated with successful leadership.” Care, compassion and "motherly sensitivity" do not immediately trigger thoughts of effective leadership, nation-building and economic might… but women’s
  • 9. natural collaborative, transformational, and inclusive leadership styles always provides for radical growth. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, successfully nursed her war-shredded, corrupt Liberia back to health. Besides overseeing the reconstruction of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launched plans to fight corruption in the Liberian government, established an inclusive and competent government that includes Liberian professionals, increased salaries, wages, and pensions, enforced a free primary public school system; triggering 80% increase in enrollment, and the list goes on. In Kenya, UNFORTUNATELY women representation still deserves a lot to be desired. It is not risky to have a woman at the top; and every man worth his salt should support this… if Helle Thorning- Schmidt is The Prime Minister of Denmark… Yingluck Shinawatra, The Prime Minister of Thailand, Angela Merkel, The Chancellor of Germany, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, The President of Argentina, Dilma Rousseff, The President of Brazil, Julia Gillard, The Prime Minister of Australia, Sheik Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Johanna Sigurdardottir, The Prime Minister of Iceland, Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, Tarja
  • 10. Halonen, President of Finland, Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania, and Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago… Women- the “Queens” of this world! Because of a Queen, ‘super-organisms have colonized almost every landmass on Earth; except the Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Because of a Queen, ‘super-organisms’ establish themselves and thrive in areas where they have been introduced accidentally. Because of a Queen, ‘super-organisms’ societies are characterized by division of labor, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems. Because of a Queen, they’re known as feeble creatures that built Megalopolis - the ant labyrinth equivalent of the Great Wall of China. [Yes, ants made it to World Guinness Book of Records!] And that, ladies and gentlemen… is the measure of a woman’s untapped leadership potential. For a better world, dare to tap it! END

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