The annual International Women’s Day recognized worldwide on March 8th, was celebrated at Tangaza University College on Friday March 9th 2018. ‘Press for Progress’ was the theme for this year’s event which was hosted at the university’s Main Hall.

Gracing the event was guest speaker Dr. Josephine Naita Waweru, a lecturer at Tangaza college – Institute of Youth Studies. In her speech, she emphasized the fact that women’s day is a day to recognize and appreciate the value of every woman in our society.She said, ‘Celebrating Women’s day is an invitation to all women to pause along the journey and look back to where we have come from, and then decide where we want to go.’


Dr. Andrew Lujuo, a lecturer at Tangaza’s School of Theology also gave a speech at the event saying, ‘On behalf of all men at Tangaza University College, we honour and embrace this day because we wish to recognize the women in Tangaza and in all the world. We recognize and appreciate their presence in our lives. Without you, the world wouldn’t be the same.’


He also encouraged women to be cautious with the actions they take in their search for progress.


The students and staff turn out for the celebration was relatively good. The lively & well-planned event witnessed whole celebration, humor, songs and dances by the Tangaza College Band. As for the refreshments, the climax was the cutting of the ceremonial cake, which was served by the men who were present.

Below are thoughts about International Women’s Day, from guests who attended the event.

The day is appropriate because it is a way of acknowledging and appreciating the role of a woman in the family, society and world. What spills from the family spills in to the wider society. Celebrating a woman is a source of encouragement and motivation for her to do greater things with a greater impact.’ (Sr. Mary Njau IBVM – ISRF student).


I have never reflected on how the Women’s day started. However, I think the celebration intends to give women a say in order to feel part of society, especially in African cultures, this gives them an opportunity to feel like part of humanity’s progress in society.’ (For Romilus – ISC student).


I am a biologist and so I talk from a biological perspective. A woman I very important because without her, a child can’t be born. So this day is important because we celebrate our gift as women. (Miss. Wikister – CTIE student).


A woman is part and parcel of humanity. That’s why God, after creating man, realized what was lacking. So we celebrate them because their importance in the world. The celebration is also meant to empower them so that they can make a difference which is expected in the world. I have perpetual respect for all the women in Tangaza and beyond. Women are endowed with respect and dignity, so there is no need to wait for affirmation, rather, work towards self assertiveness. (Fr.Karau – DP Students’ life).


By Santrina Raymond (ISC Student)

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