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Hon. Farida Salim, who is the mother of two children worked as a lecturer at the Kisumu Technical Institute and only quit to join politics. Prior to the 2013 general elections, Hon. Farida Salim entered the 2013 general election with the intention of vying for the Member of Parliament for the Kisumu Central Constituency seat but lost at the Orange Democratic Movement nominations to the current MP.  Her candidature was faced with gender bias both by her close family members and spiritual leaders who advised that she steps down in place of another Muslim man and when she rejected this, they lobbied for and supported her opponent. Due to the visibility gained however, she was nominated as a Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Kisumu County.

A nominated MCA, Hon. Salim who serves as the Vice-Chair of the Health Committee and is also a member of the National Governing Council of County Assemblies Forum (CAF) has successfully tabled several motions in the county assembly. These include a motion on the establishment of women and children’s hospital in Kisumu County. She also sponsored a motion on legal compliance by the Kisumu County budget 2015/2016; a motion on the establishment of rescue centres for gender based violence survivors in the county; Enforcement of the budget calendar; reducing rising cases of sexual violence against children; and NHIF coverage, among others. Hon. Salim also drafted a private member’s Bill for Kisumu County maternal healthcare which is meant to reduce the county’s high maternal and child mortality rates and compel the county government to legalize both pre- and post-natal care while also ensuring that all health facilities have properly equipped maternity wings. She has also been approached the National Gender and Equality Commission to help draft a law for Kisumu County Prevention and Management of Gender Based Violence. She is the coordinator of Kisumu Muslim Women Development Initiative and Convener of Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) Nyanza Women.  Hon. Salim also co-ordinates the Kisumu County Assembly Women Caucus (KICAWOCA).

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