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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...
Thursday, January 09, 2020
How to put a stop to election-related sexual violence in Kenya
Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Physicians...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Breaking cycles of violence: Gaps in prevention of and response to electoral-related sexual violence in Kenya
Introduction I was targeted because my husband is from a different community that was perceived to hold a differing political opinion from the one of the dominant community we live in.’ Survivor of sexual violence during the 2017 elections...
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Naomi Masitsa Shiyonga
Naomi Masitsa Shiyonga is a Member of Parliament from Kenya. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York.
Monday, August 19, 2019
Kenyan politics is a boys’ game, but women are fighting hard for their rightful seat at the table
When footage circulated last week of a Kenyan lawmaker, Hon. Zuleikha Hassan, being kicked out of parliament for coming in with her baby, reactions across the country were mixed, but mostly muted. A home emergency left the Kwale county women’s...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Zuleika Hassan: Kenyan MP with baby ordered to leave parliament
Female MPs have walked out of Kenya's parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she had taken her baby. Zuleika Hassan said she had brought her five-month-old baby with her to work because of a domestic emergency and...
Monday, June 17, 2019
Kenya MP arrested 'for slapping female colleague'
A Kenyan MP has been arrested for allegedly slapping a female colleague because she did not allocate money to his constituency. Rashid Kassim is accused of slapping Fatuma Gedi, who sits on the budget committee, in the capital Nairobi. A photo of Ms...
Monday, January 07, 2019
Margaret Kamar
Margaret Kamar is a Senator and member of the National Assembly of Kenya. This interview was conducted in March 2018 in the margins of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Why Kenyan men don't want to share power with women
The Kenyan parliament is a tough playground. And just like any other playground, the bigger ones tend to play rough and keep the toys to themselves. The "boys" in parliament have been doing exactly that, by refusing to share their play area and...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Kenyan MPs block drive for more women in politics
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Low turnout scuppered a vote guaranteeing Kenyan women more seats in parliament on Wednesday, with campaigners saying it was “a dark day” for citizens in the east African nation. The bill would have reserved...
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Ali Guyo
Ali Guyo is a Member of the National Assembly in Kenya. This interview was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union's Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Fatuma Gedi Ali
Fatuma Gedi Ali is a Member of the National Assembly in Kenya. She is the current Women representatives for Wajir County. She has been a member of Orange Democratic Movement since January 18th 2013. In 2013, when she was 26, she vied for a women...