Growing up in Busia, Kenya, Catherine met many bottlenecks in her life that would veil many lives. As a child, she was raised by an impoverished widow who worked as a nanny. She had to sneak into school to pay for her education and beg teachers to let her sit for examinations without paying school fees. Being poor is difficult; being a rural, poor young woman is especially difficult.
Catherine is an outspoken advocate, crusader, and grassroots organizer. She works with over thirty rural women’s organizations to improve their socio-economic well-being so that they do not become dependents; the majority of the women are widows, HIV+, and divorced. In addition, she organizes annual camps and teaching academies in her district. She was just elected to the National Assembly and plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the stigma of backwardness.
Our mission and vision
The network’s mission is to support and empower political parties, organisations, networks, think tanks and individuals, to grow their support, to increase their influence on politics and implement policies of good governance when in government.
In partnership with our members and strategic partners, the network advocates for values of freedom and the individual choice of association across the continent by:
• Championing Liberal policy solutions to Africa’s challenges;
• Capacitating Liberal Democratic member parties with innovative skills, necessary to win elections and lead governments;
Providing a platform for like-minded advocates of good governance, to network and share experience, skills and ideas;
All members of the network are bound by statutory obligations affirming allegiance to ensure the freedoms and dignity of all people, through establishing political and civil rights, upholding the rule of law, supporting democratic governance based on free and fair elections with peaceful transition, ensuring religious, gender and minority rights, fighting corruption and supporting economic freedom, regional integration and free trade opportunities, like the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).