The women-led movement of GROOTS Kenya is supporting women candidates – including by providing them with bodyguards and volunteer support in the form of Humphrey Muriuki Ngaine and his ‘male champions’. Hannah O’Neill and Louise Donovan report from Kiambu County.
The men see their work as vital, and it is. Violence against women remains a huge problem in Kenya, as elsewhere. They think one way to tackle it and to increase respect for women is to get more of them into positions of political power.
But women are consistently pushed out of politics in the country, regardless of how hard they fight to be involved – so these ‘male champions’ are playing an important role in helping them assist this structural discrimination
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