International Women’s Day: Celebrating Jacaranda’s Female Leadership

For over 100 years, International Women’s Day (March 8th) has celebrated the economic, political, social, and cultural achievements of women across the globe. Every year, people worldwide gather online and in public spaces to advocate for women’s rights.

If you’re familiar with our work at Jacaranda, you know that empowering women is a priority of ours. Our vision is to help all women to make healthy maternity decisions, and to ensure a safe and dignified pregnancy through the continuum of care. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating our employees and clients who help us improve the health and wellbeing of women, and elevate the standard of maternal health care in East Africa.

From Charge Nurse to Technology Manager, here are some thoughts from our diverse female leadership about the importance of empowering women and accelerating gender parity.

Janet Aika Matemu, Technology Manager

Janet Aika Matemu, Technology ManagerWomen are the patterns in the fabric that weave a community. For many years women have experienced extensive oppression particularly in heavily patriarchal societies. Over the years, the elevation of women has manifested in many ways that women continue to play an increasingly active role in social and economic progress. It important to empower women because we birth, raise and grow communities.

My commitment is based on the radical idea of creating hope in a cynical world. I am committed developing gendered innovations that are all encompassing for both women and men’s needs and to ensure that women have advanced awareness through increased access to education, healthcare and social services.

My greatest responsibility is to be authentic in everything that I do, to remain focused, and work with empathy and humility in every approach that I take to my work. Truth, justice and reconciliation play an intrinsic role to my belief system and growth as a woman leader.


Faith Muigai, Chief Medical Officer Jacaranda_01

History has shown that women play a pivotal role in driving social and economic development.  Women cradle our future. I embrace my role as a woman in society to nurture and support our future and ensure that girls and women have access and opportunities to fulfill their maximum potential.



Catherine Ongeti, Hospital ManagerCate_1.29.16(1)

My commitment as a female leader is to ensure that I be the kind of leader that I myself would like to follow. I want to inspire people to be able to hear someone say, “It’s because of you I didn’t give up.” I strive to provide opportunities for others to grow.

As a female leader in the health sector, I believe I am responsible for the mentorship of the Nurses to help them give the best services to the clients.


CR1Claire Rothschild, Research and Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

I have learned and benefited so much from the strong support and trust of my female mentors, who have gone out of their way to pull me in to new opportunities. I’m committed to doing the same for the women I work with whenever possible.

In my career, I’d like to show that there’s no one right way or one personality type for a female leader. I’d like to show other women that they can be successful by being themselves.

Kathleen Njagi, Human Resources ManagerKathleen Njagi

I like to think that in my day to day life I inspire someone out there to become better, to achieve their dreams and to succeed in what they set out to do. I also believe I provide a platform for one to discover their capabilities, explore uncharted talent, and continually grow to a point of developing somebody else themselves.


Catherine Owinga, Charge Nurse

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It is important to empower women because a woman is not an individual but a society. This means eradicating poverty and having healthy nations. Empowering a woman is an important key to stability of any nation.


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