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Saturday, December 14, 2013
The changing face of women leadership over the decades in Kenya
Sometime in 1974, a woman in her mid thirties made history as Kenya’s first female assistant minister. She had just quit her position as an associate professor at the University of Nairobi to plunge into politics and clinched the Funyula...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Women were beaten in the queues - Kenyan politician speaks about 2013 elections
In March 2013, Sophia Abdi Noor was the only woman to stand for parliament in northern Kenya, a marginalised region where Islam has a lot of sway. She spoke about the obstacles she has faced as a female politician at the launch of a report about...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
They Said Men Would Be Suckling My Breasts for Five Years - Kenyan MP Speaks About 2013 Elections
Kenyan member of parliament Alice Wahome spoke about the violent abuse, harassment and humiliation she has experienced as a female politician at the launch of a report about women's participation in the March 2013 elections. Female candidates in...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
New laws ignored, so women trailed in Kenya 2013 election
New laws designed to increase the number of elected women in Kenyan politics had no effect on the 2013 elections because those concerned failed to implement them, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) said. “We have good laws that we are not using...
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Grace, Kenya’s first Iron Lady of politics
Grace Akech Onyango was the first African Iron Lady of Kenyan politics. Born in Sakwa, Bondo and married in Gem to a teacher-journalist Onyango Baridi she became the first woman to be elected mayor of Kisumu Town in 1967 and MP in 1969. She...
Friday, March 15, 2013
Record number of women candidates in poll, Kenya
The number of female candidates is easily the highest in Kenya’s electoral history and the women are banking on voters to give them a chance to beef up their numbers in key decision-making institutions. (We invite our users to read the full article...
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kenya Decides - the Somali Woman Hoping to Make History
Ijara — As Kenyans go to the polls today, could Sophia Abdi Noor become the first ever Somali woman to be voted in to the Kenyan parliament? (Read article at: allAfrica)
Monday, March 04, 2013
Kenya heads to polls as women seek justice for violence during last election
The testimonies filed to a Nairobi court last week are difficult to read. A woman is raped in front of her daughter, first by police and then by looters. A student is dragged into the bush and has his foreskin cut off. A terrified woman hides under...