Renowned woman leader, Ms. Jane Kiano, a former chairperson of Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) has died at the age of 74. Kiano died at the Nairobi hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.
Ms Kiano had over 40 years of voluntary public service and leadership in the women’s movement, having served as the Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson between 1971 and 1984 and was recently recognised by President Uhuru Kenyatta and feted with the first chief of the order of the burning spear award.
Several leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta have eulogised her as having played an important role in advancing women’s rights and justice in the country.
Deputy President William Ruto described her as an exceptional leader and a gallant campaigner of women’s rights and empowerment.