Taking stock of the representation of women in senior positions in Kenya

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Taking stock of the representation of women in senior positions in Kenya

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The percentage of women in senior leadership positions among the top Kenyan companies and in the government is still dramatically lower than that of men.

The obstacles hindering women in senior leadership positions in Kenya are either cultural, economic or political factors. These are supported by gender stereotyping and patriarchal structural norms that continue to be stacked high up against women in society. As a result, educated and successful women in high positions experience sexism from their peers and communities.

This problem can be eliminated by the government and civil society organisations through implementing leadership programmes that develop, connect, mentor and educate young potential women leaders.

But in spite of the challenges that exist, some progress has been made as this article outlines below.

Kenya has developed several policies and frameworks to promote women’s representation in senior positions. Article 27 of the 2010 Constitution guarantees equality and freedom from discrimination. It states that every person is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law.

Click here to read the full article published by Sonke Gender Justice on 24 April 2020.

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