The Church has vowed to step up its campaign against gender violence among its ranks.
Speaking at a forum organized by the Fellowship of Christian Council and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA), a section of the clergy called on the members not to condone or give refuge to perpetrators in the church.
If every Kenyan woman could add her heartfelt phrase to complete the sentence, there would be any number of responses in the range of slightly over 15 million – the number of women that make up half of Kenya’s population of 31 million people.
Five steps -- political space, participation, a secure knowledge base, accountability, and the simplification of key issues -- are essential so women's rights are not lost in growing development cooperation, experts agreed at a United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) conference here last week.
With the general elections in sight at the end of 2007, the feeling of de ja vu is difficult to shake off, considering that the country has been in political campaigns mode for nearly two years.
“Women are not well represented at all levels of leadership positions and their representation especially at the local authorities' level is wanting,” explains Deborah Okumu, a Senior Programmes Officer at the Kenya Women's Political Caucus (KWPC).