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L-R: Governors Elect Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Fatuma Achani (Kwale), Kawera Mwangaza (Meru), Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos), Cecily Mbarire (Embu) and Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay)/CFM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Kenya: The new dawn of women in politics
The Kenyan 2022 General Elections represents a great step forward for women’s representation, albeit an incremental one. We have seen that a lot of women, both those who won and those who lost, have come forward to show that despite many decades...
Anne Waiguru, who retained the governership of Kirinyaga county, is one of seven women to win gubernatorial races in this year's elections Tony KARUMBA AFP/File
Monday, August 22, 2022
Kenyan women make history with record election wins
Nairobi (AFP) – Kenyans have elected a record number of women to positions of power in this month's polls, with the list including seven governors, three senators and 26 MPs, in a step towards gender equality. The East African nation has long...
Kenya Election 2022: The struggle of women aspirants in marginalised communities (BBC)
Monday, August 01, 2022
Kenya Election 2022: The struggle of women aspirants in marginalised communities
Three Kenyan women from marginalised communities share their experiences running for political office in the forthcoming general election and describe how they are determined to overcome their challenges. They describe their setbacks as unique...
EYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Kenya's women in politics still fighting to get their voices heard
As Kenya prepares to vote in a new president next month, we take a closer look at the role of women in the country’s politics. In Uganda, we bring you a report on efforts to respond to a major hunger crisis in the country’s northeast. And the...
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...
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...

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