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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Kenya to get its first female president in a new reality TV show ‘Ms. President
Women in Africa are not generally found in leadership positions. Research shows that women are not perceived to have the skills, knowledge or social status needed to bring about meaningful change in post-conflict environments. However this notion...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Kenyan Parliament hosts gender mainstreaming workshop with IPU
The IPU held a capacity-building workshop for staff of the Kenyan Parliament on mainstreaming gender into parliamentary work. The workshop, co-organized with the Parliament of Kenya on 19-23 June in Nairobi, was a follow-up of a self-assessment...
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Kenya: What female politicians go through in quest to ascend to power
The political arena in the country appears to be far from offering a level playing field for women politicians, at least going by the recent party primaries where only handful of them successfully braved the bruising and bare-knuckled campaigns...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kenya: 10 women seek to make history in governor race
Kenya could get its first female governor in the next General Election after 10 women formally submitted their bids, as indicated in the list of aspirants published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Unlike in the last elections...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Kenya's women struggle to end male stranglehold on power
Given that she is deputy speaker in parliament, the holder of a PhD and has served as an assistant dean at one of Kenya’s leading universities, Joyce Laboso should be eminently qualified to run for any political office in Kenya. However, the central...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Key Gains and Challenges: A Gender Audit of Kenya's 2013 Election Process
“Every country deserves to have the best possible leader and that means that women have to be given a chance to compete. If they’re never allowed to compete in the electoral process, then the countries are really robbing  themselves of a great deal...
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Kenya’s New Foreign Minister is a Woman: How very East African!
Look outside Kenya's borders in other Eastern African countries to understand why Ms Mohamed's appointment is a truly intriguing story especially in Rwanda and Somalia where women hold the same portfolios namely Ms Feisty Louise Mushikiwabo & Ms...

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