Kenyan leaders react to the election of a woman president in Mexico

The news of the election of the first female president was received with enthusiasm in foreign countries, including Kenya.

It’s a landmark achievement that was received positively after Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, 61, was elected Mexico’s first female president after serving as Mexico City mayor from 2018 to 2023.

In Kenya, a section of leaders hailed Sheinbaum as a woman who broke the gender barrier not only in her country but also across borders, where her victory is wholeheartedly embraced.

In a statement about X, Githunguri MP Gathoni Wamuchomba congratulated Sheinbaum saying her victory is a demonstration that the future is bright for all women.

Wamuchomba said her victory means women are standing up against masculinity.

“Congratulations President Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico’s first female president! Interestingly, two women were leading the just concluded polls,” she noted.

“There is a drastic change from macho politics. The ‘President’ will now lead a country plagued by femicides,” Wamuchomba said.

“Women are the future.”

Former senator nominee Millicent Omanga, for her part, said Sheinbaum’s rise to high office is an inspiration to women.

She added that her victory as Mexico’s first female president is a victory for women around the world.

“Mexico elects the first female president, former mayor and climate specialist Claudia Sheinbaum in a historic vote that saw her win by a landslide,” Omanga said.

“Claudia’s meteoric rise to the top is a plausible inspiration and a victory for all women around the world. Congratulations!” Omanga said on X.

In addition to breaking the gender barrier, Sheinbaum he is also the first Jewish person to be elected president of Mexico after winning a landslide victory.

Born on June 24, 1962, to scientist parents, Sheinbaum grew up to become a scientist, academic, and politician.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1989, a master’s degree in 1994, and a doctorate in 1995 in engineering.

As an academic, Sheinbaum has written over 100 articles and two books on energy, environment and sustainable development.

The president-elect received his doctorate in energy engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

From 2000 to 2006, Sheinbaum served as Secretary of the Environment under the incumbent president. Andrés Manuel López Obrador during his tenure as head of government.

Sheinbaum also served as The head of the delegation of Tlalpan neighborhood from 2015 to 2017.

She was chosen by Mexico Head of Government in the The 2018 election, where he ran a campaign that emphasized braking crime and application zoning laws.

At its inauguration as the head of the government of Mexico City on December 5, 2018, Sheinbaum she became the first female head of government and the first to come from a Jewish background.

she openly identifies as a feminist, aligning her beliefs and actions with the principles of gender equality and women’s rights in a country largely dominated by male chauvinism.

Sheinbaum advocates legalization abortion, aligning their position with broader movements aimed at promoting reproductive rights and women’s autonomy.