Violence Against Women in Politics


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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, 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...
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...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Kicking sexism out of politics, Malaysia
The moment there was an inkling that Dyana Sofya would be DAP’s candidate for the Teluk Intan Parliamentary seat, a picture purportedly of her (it wasn’t) in a bikini was circulated on the internet. She has since been subjected to wolf whistles by...
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Kenyan governor Kabogo apologises over single women slur
A Kenyan politician has apologised for suggesting that unmarried women are not effective leaders. Local leaders and activists criticised the comments by Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo, saying they were demeaning to the women. The row involved...
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...
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Kenya: Women in Plea to 'Use My Ballot Not My Body'
The three women sit around a table tackling their breakfast at a five-star city hotel. One in a black T-Shirt, a red skirt, white rubber shoes and with her hair held up in a bun by a red cloth. The second sits in a black skirt and red T-Shirt and...