Sara Korere Biography
Sara Korere is a Kenyan politician and a nominated member of Parliament (MP). She was born in Laikipia county to a wealthy Masai elder. She is a member of United Republican Party and a coalition member of Jubilee Alliance
She is know for carrying her child to parliament for her to exercise exclusive breast feeding that is necessary for the baby for the first six months. She would take breaks in between parliamentary proceedings to go nurse the baby. This saw her face backlash from some of her fellow parliamentarian women who told her that carrying the baby to parliament was outdated but most of them encouraged her.
Sara Korere Early Life
Sara Korere was born in Laikipia to a wealthy Maasai elder, who had six wives. Her father didn‘t believe in educating girls, and gave each of his six wives 400 heads of cattle and 200 sheep to cater for their children. She was taken to school by Catholic missionaries. From six years, she stayed in a boarding school since she could not walk 20 kilometres to school daily.
All through her primary and secondary school, dozens of men came to talk to her father, they wanted to marry her, and her father agreed, but she refused and promised to run away if they married her off. This really made her father angry, and she became his least favourite child. In university, she met her husband, a civil servant who paid 14 cows in dowry. By the time her father died a few years back, she was his favourite daughter, and he took all her younger step-sisters to school.
Sara Korere Political Positions
Started 21st March 2013: Nominated Member of Parliament
Started 2012: Member of United Republican Party (URP)
Started 2012: Coalition Member of Jubilee Alliance
Sara Korere Job History
District Deputy Elections Coordinator of Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK)
Sara Korere Education Background
Student of Egerton University, Diploma
Student of University of Georgia (Short Course ( Women and Leadership))
Sara Korere Committee Memberships
Started 2013: Member of Departmental Committee on Lands and Natural Resources
Sara Korere Family
She is married and have three children.
Sara Korere Fight on FGM
She says that her fight against FGM is motivated by her experience since it was done to her when she was 12 years. In her culture, once a girl is circumcised, she is ready to be a woman, have sex, get married and have a family. FGM has led to a huge number of girls dropping out of school, from 12 years, the girls think they can sleep with men, and even have babies without the community backlash. If an uncircumcised woman get a baby, she becomes an outcast and the baby might even be killed.
She says that her campaign has seen the increased enrollment and continued stay of girls in school within Laikipia. She says she got help from donors, run a centre that caters for children who want to go back to school.She have about 60 children at the centre, many of them escaped from early marriages to go to school