Leadership with a Difference: In pursuit of progress and fulfillment

Women's voices and their participation in all aspects of society are now more important than ever such as in political leadership.

This is one in a series of compilation of profiles  of women political leaders and the difference they are bringing into democratic and governance structures and spaces in Kenya.

This is produced by African Woman and Child Feature Service with the support of UN Women whose goal is to increase visibility of women leaders and their contribution to economic, political and social spheres in Kenya.

Women leaders making a difference

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Children who have lost their mother or both parents are society's most vulnerable members. Socially isolated because of the stigma of Aids, they are less likely to be immunised , more likely to be malnourished and illiterate, and more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation

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This booklet aims to reach media practitioners who are actively engaged in encouraging the national dialogue on topical issues that are central to Kenyans. It is our hope that this booklet will give deeper insight on the issues that affect the children beyond the statistics.

A journey of courage A Journey of Courage is the story of Kenyan women on the road to a political destination. Their determination to pass the rocky path and swim the murky waters into victory was clearly witnessed during the 2002 General elections. Women had to trek through valleys of uncertainty. They had to jump numerous hurdles placed in their way by cultural and political biases. They had to go through an electoral system which was virtually gender blind. They had to contend with political parties whose manifestos preached affirmative action for women but cared little for gender equality. They had to survive the violet campaign period. They had to struggle without money ad other resources to mount campaigns while at the same time competing for space and airtime in the media.

Their voices and aspirations can only be captured by documenting their experiences. Only then, can we sensibly map out strategies for the continuing struggle for women.

Women's power through the Constitution

Our constitution, Our life!!

For the first time in the history of Kenya, there is a Constitution that recognizes the rights of women. As the country embarks on the implementation of the new law, Kenyans must remain vigilant and ensure that no gain is eroded. This is particularly so for women who will have to be vigilant to ensure that the laws being implemented also reinforce the spirit of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

The gains summarized herein include how women can ensure that these gains are realized. These are prohibition of all forms of discrimination including violence against women; women’s right to own and inherit land; equality in marriage; right to matrimonial property; invalidity of discriminatory customary law; guaranteed women’s representation; women’s right to bestow citizenship to their foreign spouses and or children; and equal parental responsibility;

The booklet puts together the women’s gains realized in the constitution, draws out points of implementation and gives a summary of what it means for women and how they can use it

Women's Gains in the Constitution

As Kenya gears up for a referendum on the 2010 proposed constitution, GEM and AWC collaboratively compiled this document to give Kenyan women an opportunity to understand the issues that directly affect them in the proposed constitution. This document aims at making the contents of the draft accessible to as many women as possible by simplifying the language and explaining the implications of the provision that directly address gender equality. Overall, the audit reveals that by far this is a better document in terms of women rights than the current constitution.

In the Shadow of Death: My trauma, my experience

The book, In the Shadow of Death: My trauma, my experience is public testimony on what the majority women went though duringthe post-election violence that engulfed Kenya immediately after the Electoral Commission of Kenya announced the results for the hotly- contested presidential polls of the December 2007 General Election.

The crisis brought to the fore a number of factors that separate our society but for long have been ignored by successive post-independence governments: poverty, land, inequality, tribalism, among others.

Promises and Realities: Taking stock of the 3rd UN International Women's Conference

This book seeks to provide substantive reflection on the extent to which the governments of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya have delivered on the national and international commitments to East African women.

Parliamentary Reporting Booklet

This book seeks to introduce Parliament and parliamentary procedure to individuals with little or no knowledge of the subject. It is particularly targeted at media practitioners with limited experience in reporting from Parliament, and especially women.

Nairobi +21

Commemorating the Third UN World Conference on Women

This publication documents the landmark meeting for women in Africa and the rest of the world. Particularly focusing on how far Nairobi +21 has invigorated and transformed gender issues on the continent. Importantly, it captures milestones that will continue to encourage women in their quest for gender equality. Further, it reiterates the enduring priorities of engagement for gender equality that include political and economic empowerment for women, peace and security for development, ending violence against women, addressing socio-cultural norms that constrain women’s lives, and increasing women’s participation in key decision-making environments.

The Media we Want: Kenya Media Vulnerabilities Study

“The Media Vulnerabilities Study” gives a fairly good picture of the current Kenyan media scene. It describes the changes - technological, economic policy and structural which have affected and ultimately transformed the basic relationship between the Kenyan media and society.

The Kenya Media Vulnerabilities study is written by Peter Oriare, Wilson Ugangu ( Media Diversity Centre) and Rosemary Okello-Orlale (AWCFS).

Beyond Numbers

This publication is based on a qualitative study that was carried out in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Sudan. The objective was to reveal the impact of the women’s movement for participation and representation in political decision making in Eastern Africa.

The study considered the impact of a critical mass of women on such areas as institutional reform culture, service delivery, ability to challenge the status quo, change laws and policies that affect women at various levels of society. In addition to demonstrating successes, the study also considered specific questions relating to the various factors that have constrained or facilitated women’s participation in national governance processes across the four East African countries. -

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