Phoebe Muga Asiyo shares her work in Kenya’s independence struggle in new memoir

Memoirs of Phoebe Muga Asiyo”It’s Possible: Reflections of an African Woman on a Lifetime Political Journey(published by Archway Publishing) chronicles her life as a Kenyan woman who was instrumental in reforming women in her country.

Prior to independence from the British, Asiyo lived an idyllic and innocent life on the shores of Lake Victoria. The conflict between the Church and tradition was suppressed. During the turbulent period when independence was imminent, the conflict between British colonizers and Kenyan freedom fighters was open and bloody. In 1952 (10 years before independence), she joined Maendeleo Ya Wanawake, an organization that worked to meet the needs of rural women. In 1958, the author was elected the first African president of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake.

After independence, Asiyo realized that women had not earned as much as they should have. The inequity, injustice and limitations faced by women had not changed much since the pre-independence period. She realized that things weren’t going to change for women until they were involved in decision-making about the things that affected their lives. Asiyo competed for political office and won, despite the odds.

“This book is about the invisible ordinary women who are the backbone of the socio-economic affairs of their communities. The book attempts to give the microphone to these critical members of society so that they can clearly articulate their wants and needs. Listening to this majority minority will help create appropriate, high-impact solutions to development challenges,” says the author. “All these thoughts can come true. Some of the issues I raised should be applied. They can be written into policies and they can help and I think the communities will be better off.

“It’s Possible” is available to buy online at the Archway link above, from Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at:

“It’s possible”

By Phoebe Muga Asiyo

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 372 pages | ISBN 9781665714907

Soft cover | 6 x 9 in | 372 pages | ISBN 9781665714891

E-book | 372 pages | ISBN 9781665714914

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Phoebe Muga Asiyo became a member of the Kenyan Parliament, the first United Nations (formerly UNIFEM) Goodwill Ambassador, a member of the United Nations Women’s Commission for Peace in Israel and Palestine, and Commissioner for the Review and Project of Constitution of Kenya 2010. . Her passion is to bring more women into elective positions.

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Lucas E. Kelly