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Renowned gender activist dies

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[Gender activist Tom Ngar. Photo/courtesy].

Gender and children rights activists in the Coastal Kenya are mourning a renowned gender activist Tom Okello Ngar.

Ngar died on Saturday after a short illness.

Until his demise the anti-gender based violence champion at the Coast was the Coast Women in Development- CWID Programs Manager.

Mr. Ngar being a male gender activist dedicated his time to empower women and girls in the fight against gender based violence and gender discrimination within the Coastal Kenya.

He traversed the entire Coast region and engaged women and other gender activists on how to tame violence against women and children in the region.

“Mr. Ngar was a dedicated, tireless and hardworking gender activists. He fought the rights of women and children in the region,” said Coast Women in Development Executive Director Betty Sharon.

Ms Sharon termed Ngar’s death a big blow to gender and health activism in the region.

She however, appealed to her colleagues in the gender activism network to embrace the unmeasurable efforts executed by the late Tom Ngar.

On his Party rights defender Patrick Ochieng’ mourned Ngar saying he was one of the very few male gender activist who took the fight for women and girls’ rights to a higher level.

“Words cannot express the pain am currently feeling following the heavy loss. Our big assignment however is not mourning Ngar but ensure his efforts and objectives are fully executed,” said Mr. Ochieng’.

His sentiments were backed by Muslims for Human Rights-MUHURI Gender and children rights officer Topista Juma.

Ms Juma said Ngar spent most of his time chatting the right path of securing the rights of women and children in the Coast region.

She said it will be very challenging to fill the gap.

The late Ngar was once a member of the Non-governmental Organisations Board, he worked at KANCO and as well spearheaded the gender and health campaign in Mombasa county.