African Woman And Child Feature Service

Gender Equality remains a pipedream for Kenyan women

As Kenyans join the rest of the world in marking the 2022 International women’s day, gender inequalities continue to define our political landscape.

Reports indicate that Kenya lags behind other East Africa countries in as far as representation of women in the political arena is concerned. Women only account for 23 per cent in Parliament compared to 62% in Rwanda, 37% in Tanzania, 35% in Uganda, 36% in Burundi, 39% in Ethiopia and 28% in South Sudan.

Although Article 27 (8) of the Constitution directs the State to take legislative and other measures to ‘implement the principle that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender’, this gain is yet to fully materialize.

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Boda-boda Riders Apologies to Uhuru for Political and Gender Based Violence Cases

Tears flowed freely as Kenyans marked the International Women’s Day as they consoled and mourned with the rising number of victims of political and gender based violence.

No news is good news, as the adage says, but the reality is that even for those who chose to bury their heads in the sand, like an ostrich, this problem is serious and it is getting worse going by daily media reports.

Everyday listeners, viewers and readers are bombarded with cases of domestic, sexual, verbal and physical assaults across the country by close and distant relatives, neighbours, political goons and caregivers.

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Women legislators win big in sponsoring laws focusing on bread and butter issues

As we celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Kenyan Woman celebrates key gains made by women legislators in Parliament.

While many reasons have been given for electing women in leadership positions, the number of gender sensitive legislations initiated by women parliamentarians in the August house are a true testimony that women’s political participation results in tangible gains for the common citizen especially marginalized groups. It also leads to greater democracy, responsiveness to citizen needs, and increased cooperation across party and ethnic lines, and a more sustainable future.

Some of the  transformative Bills sponsored by women legislators include the following:

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