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Kenya: Women seek elective positions to attain parity in leadership (©KBC)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Kenya: Women seek elective positions to attain parity in leadership
Women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for any county or country. However, according to statistics, women are under-represented at all levels of decision-...
Anne Nderitu was driven to act after witnessing Kenya's post-election violence of 2007/8. She now heads the country's office for regulating political parties. Photo: UN Women/Luke Horswell
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Kenya Elections: Ann Nderitu on good governance and regulating the country's political parties
Kenya’s party primaries recently closed - a process for political parties to select candidates for the various elective seats in August’s General Election. Ann Nderitu, 47, heads Kenya’s Office of the Registrar for Political Parties (ORPP), which is...
Presidential candidate Martha Karua,(Photo by Gallo Images / Nation Media / Jared Nyataya)
Monday, March 21, 2022
Kenya election: sexist language shows that patriarchy refuses to give way
In December 2020, a leading Kenyan political party official, Edwin Sifuna, made vulgar remarks against a woman member of parliament. While campaigning for their political allies in a by-election, Sifuna said the woman is “not attractive enough to...
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru (seated centre) with other female politicians from different political parties speak to journalists at a Nairobi hotel in 2019.  Credits: Evans Habil | Nation Media Group
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Kenya: How political parties have treated women leaders
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inaction on former Chief Justice David Maraga’s September 2020 recommendation to dissolve Parliament for failure to enact gender parity laws is the latest bump in the long road to equality for Kenyan women in political...
Kenya: How female political aspirants are wooing voters - Credits: Nation
Monday, February 21, 2022
Kenya: How female political aspirants are wooing voters
Female aspirants seeking elective seats in the 2022 General Election have adopted varying strategies to woo voters. Esnahs Nyaramba, an aspirant for Kisii Woman County Representative has found mobilising youth to register for national identity cards...
Rachel Shebesh, Nadia Ahmed, Betty Adera, Mary Mudachi and Emcee Vivian Taa during the launch of Ms President season 2 TV Reality show. [Elvis Ogina , Standard]
Thursday, January 27, 2022
In Kenya, Ms President Season 2 kicks off amid calls for more women representation in politics
The second season of the reality TV show, Ms President, was launched yesterday. The show seeks to portray to a national audience the capacity and ability of women to lead effectively. The series showcases intelligent and articulate women who are “...
Women in Leadership Training Manual. Credits: KAS
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Women in leadership training manual (Kenya)
KAS consolidated a training manual that would be used to conduct a long-term tailored engagement on selected aspiring women politicians on effective campaign strategies leading up to elections. The training manual thus seeks to strengthen the...
Kenya: Report reveals how sexual and gender-based violence mars elections  Credits: FIDH
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Kenya: Report reveals how sexual and gender-based violence mars elections
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisation in Kenya, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, are publishing a report today, examining patterns of sexual and gender-based violence against women during election seasons...
Jane Apetet and Leah Audan. [Mike Ekutan, Standard]
Friday, December 31, 2021
Kenya: Turkana women defy culture to vie for top positions next year
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...
Maendeleo Ya Wanawake national vice-chairperson Anne Kibet congratulates Pheobe Asiyo after gifting her with a head ornament during Asiyo's 90th birthday celebrations in Homa Bay town. [James Omoro, Standard]
Thursday, December 30, 2021
In Kenya, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake wants more women in parliament
Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation now wants the government and political parties to recognise its members by ensuring that more women acquire elective positions ahead of the next General election. The women’s organisation currently has more than...
Kenya: women are majority voters- why don't they vote for other women? - The Nairobian
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Kenya: women are majority voters- why don't they vote for other women?
By Priscilla Nyokabi Kenya is yet to earn the dividend of women in leadership, which is a crying shame because as President Obama memorably explained, the full team must play for a Country to achieve its development goals. A society cannot prosper...
Monday, September 28, 2020
Failing to add women could cause Kenya to shutter Parliament
Kenya faces a historic decision to close parliament for failing to enact rules on fair gender representation in public bodies. Chief Justice David Maraga advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the legislature after receiving six petitions on...
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kenya's parliament to challenge dissolution bid over lack of women
Justin Muturi, speaker of the National Assembly and chairman of the Parliamentary Service Commission, said Maraga's advisory was unconstitutional, while organisations that pushed for the petition called it an unprecedented test of Kenyan law. "The...
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Faces of 4 brilliant, youthful Kenyan women doing greatness behind progressive politics arena
The scenario in Kenyan politics, however, contravenes this adage that is worth making reference to if the role of women in the society is anything to go by- besides being many important things, they are nurturers. It does not need a keen eye to see...
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Has COVID-19 pushed women in politics off Kenya’s agenda?
In 2013, Alice Wahome ran in her third attempt to win the hotly-contested Kandara constituency parliamentary seat in Murang’a County, Central Kenya. As is typical of rural politics, the field was male-dominated, with the stakes being high for all...
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Culture a major setback to Maasai women in politics, says Lydia Ntimama
Maasai women have made great progress in fighting oppressive cultural practices, says Lydia Ntimama, a Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) candidate for Narok County woman representative. She says she is happy and encouraged by the progress, adding that the...
Friday, May 01, 2020
Taking stock of the representation of women in senior positions in Kenya
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,...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Kenya: new cabinet casts ray of hope in push for gender balance
The nomination of Betty Maina as Industrialisation CS has cast a ray of hope for a gender-balanced Cabinet. President Uhuru Kenyatta also appointed 15 new chief administrative secretaries, eight of whom were women. With Maina's nomination, the...

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