She is a graduate student at Egerton University. She is passionate about women empowerment. Her profound enthusiasm in advocating for humanitarian rights and women in trade earned her well-deserved seats at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in 2015 and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2016. She recently presented her paper on Engendering Trade and Development: An Overview of the East African Community at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is Winny Chepkwony and today she tells her story in her own words, on the first feature of Courage Stories on Malkia Teezie.
My name is Winny , a work in progress and an alumnus of Egerton University. I like to always mention my school, because this is where I grew up to be the bold young woman I am .Last time I was featured on matters of student enterprise and well today, the story is different.
I’m known to be a strong women and girls champion, those close to me often say maybe I will stand for the boy child the day I will be a mother of boys ,I don’t take offense though, I pride in it knowing, I have something I can be identified with .I like to let everyone know what drives me ,what I’m passionate about, my social life is always a private affair, apart from saying I’m a girl brought up in the midst of three brothers, which to me is a foundation of my passion for women and girls .
I’m a graduate student in Gender & Development studies, my deep interest lies with Gender and Trade, a line of Economic Empowerment because I believe this is the foundation of everything, I’m not overlooking education though. Back to the background of who I am, I started working with student groups while in campus trying hard to spur the culture of entrepreneurship, this taught me numerous lessons about life in and outside campus .This is an urge even to the students that it’s quite important to get a passion, vision while you have time to, right now, 6 hours alone of sleep is a struggle to me.
My achievements? This is one difficult question I struggle to always give an answer, because everyday to me is a work in progress since I have this heroine I’m chasing, the phenomenal woman I want to see changing lives, creating impact and adding value to those around me .I am known to have attended several international summits, to be a vocal women rights champion behind the computer, and I use whatever space and opportunity I get to voice my case. One thing that I have realized is, there is always someone watching, so as a person, you better give your best shot at whatever you do.
I love to read ,and this has helped me a lot ,it cultivates my moves ,directs my thoughts ,I’m currently reading The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. I’m also a blogger like you ,but doing different segments, I voice my thoughts and analysis of policies, frameworks and circumstances on a gender lenses through my website, though right now I’m on sabbatical to focus on my research school work .
Lastly and hoping my story gives one courage to press on, I like to say, as an individual, the path is the goal! Doesn’t matter what age, where you are, you keep trying, because the meaning of life is not simply to exist, but to survive, to thrive ,to achieve and to conquer.