Kenya: Turkana women defy culture to vie for top positions next year

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Kenya: Turkana women defy culture to vie for top positions next year

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Jane Apetet and Leah Audan. [Mike Ekutan, Standard]

Women in Turkana County have been locked out of political leadership for many years due to culture. According to the Turkana culture, leadership is for men, and this has disadvantaged many aspiring women leaders, as they are seen as incapable of taking over from men.

Jane Apetet, who is contesting the Senate race, told The Standard that they have been oppressed by the culture. “Our culture is not giving women strength and voice. Normally we are separated from men during community meetings,” she said.

Click here to read the full article published by The Standard on 29 December 2021.

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