Gender and Governance

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Church and Violence

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The Church has vowed to step up its campaign against gender violence among its ranks. 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

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.

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Women MPs Count their Gains and Plan Ahead

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This week the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) launched its five-year strategic plan.

The strategic plan is a milestone. It shows how far women MPs have come and what more they would like to achieve.

The plan captures the aspirations of the 18 women MPs and their impact in the Ninth Parliament. It is based on the premise that women must participate in politics and have adequate representation in Parliament and Government as part of their democractic and human rights.
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Kenyan woman receives Italian Cabinet Award

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Nairobi, 30th October 2006—the International Scientific Committee of the Pio Manzu Centre yesterday awarded Kenya’s Professor Miriam K. Were the Medal of the Italian Cabinet at a ceremony at Ramini, Italy.
No marriage in Africa is considered complete without it. For those who are unlucky enough not to be well endowed, it’s all but misery. Some may go to the extent of securing huge loans from banks just to ensure that they meet this age-old obligation.

Although the tradition takes different forms from place to place, it still remains one of the most widespread and entrenched cultures in Africa.
In the events of 1963 that ushered Kenya into independence from colonial rule, although Kenyan women participated in the elections as voters, there were no women representatives elected.
“… This is our time to take over and transform Kenya.”

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.

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It?s time for a woman Secretary General

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The writing is on the wall. Time has come for a woman to head the world’s most powerful institution ― the United Nations. This comes as the world waits in anticipation for the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to step down at the end of the year. What is of concern to women’s organisations is that almost 61 years after its formation, no woman has ever headed the UN. This comes in response to the current jostling for Annan’s successor.

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).

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