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Fathia Aden Mahabub Member of Parliament in Kenya
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Fathia Aden Mahabub is a Member of Parliament in Kenya. This interview was conducted during the Inter-parliamentary Union annual parliamentary day meeting, in cooperation with UN Women on 15 March 2016, on the sidelines of the sixtieth session of...
Catherine Nabwala Mukiite Senator in the upper house of the Kenyan Parliament
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Thursday, February 11, 2016
This report, published in 2015 by the International Institute for Electoral Assistance and Democracy  presents findings from a study on political party financing and equal participation of women in Kenyan electoral politics. It was conducted with...
Thursday, April 09, 2015
  UN WOMEN, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as...
Friday, May 02, 2014
This publication provides a set of guiding principles for constitutional reform based on practical experiences of constitutional reform processes in a number of countries (Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa)....
Joyce Laboso Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics spoke with Dr. Joyce Laboso, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya on Kenya's new Constitution and what it has meant for women in politics and the challenges they still face during the...
Thursday, February 06, 2014
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, January 13, 2014
“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...
Saturday, December 14, 2013
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
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
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 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...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Corruption related to political party financing poses a great threat to democratic development worldwide.The study investigates party financing issues accross 22 countries.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Quotas – whether mandatory, legislated or voluntary – continue to be one of the most effective means for increasing the number of women both in political parties and elective office. In 2012, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, women won 24...
Thursday, August 01, 2013
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...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
In Kenya’s male-dominated political landscape, women face many barriers to political participation, especially when seeking elective office. Aspiring women politicians often struggle with discrimination and lack of coverage by top media outlets,...
Monday, June 10, 2013
President Uhuru Kenyatta's 26 nominations for principal secretary positions only include seven women, prompting criticism for failing to meet the constitutionally mandated one-third quota for female nominees, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Saturday (...
Friday, May 10, 2013
Kenya’s nominees for cabinet secretary positions, who include an unprecedented number of women – six out of 18 – will undergo a gruelling public vetting process by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments Thursday. Despite the appointments –...
Friday, May 03, 2013
Quotas are in increasingly important policy tool used in more than 50 countries to ensure women's entry into high-level decision making roles in political parties and government. Their proper implementation, however, depends on how the law is...
Thursday, May 02, 2013
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...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Women leaders have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta for nominating women to ‘powerful’ Cabinet positions. If Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ms Anne Waiguru, Ms Charity Ngilu, Ms Phylis Kandie, Ms Raychelle Omamo and Ms Amina Mohamed are approved by the...
Friday, April 12, 2013
Female MPs are lobbying for positions of chairpersons of parliamentary committees as first time lawmakers want to be appointed heads of various House watchdog teams. The 69 female legislators are fighting to ensure that a good number among them are...
Monday, April 08, 2013
Traditional belief and practice that women should not hold positions of power was the ultimate hurdle for female aspirants in the General Election last month. In the Coast, of all the women who declared interest in different competitive elections,...
Monday, April 01, 2013
While Kenya’s disputed presidential race continues to take center stage, another race could radically transform politics at the local level: the election of women’s representatives in each of the 47 newly created counties across Kenya. As a result...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 March 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - The women's movement in Kenya, with support from UN Women and UNDP, set up a unique kind of election observer and response mechanism known as the omen's Situation Room in the just-concluded...
Monday, March 25, 2013
Centre for Multi-Party Democracy executive director Njeri Kabeberi is concerned that even with the guaranteed 47 women representatives, Kenya has not met the constitutional threshold of no more than two-thirds of public office holders being of the...
Monday, March 25, 2013
Mary Wambui, Peris Tobiko and Millicent Mugadi will go down the annals of history as women, who tested the rough Kenyan political waters with both feet and emerged victorious during the March 4 General Election.   (We invite our users to read the...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
"So far according to our estimates, it is about seven per cent of women for the senate, seven per cent for the county assembly, and only three per cent for women governor candidates," said Ms Monika Izydorczyk, a member of the EU observer mission....
Friday, March 15, 2013
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...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Kenyans head to the polls on Monday and the country is covered in campaign posters vying for their attention. Nairobi’s malls, stalls, trees and speed bumps have been plastered with candidates’ faces. Vast billboards tower over the country’s newly...
Thursday, March 07, 2013
 Ms Peris Pesi Tobiko has become the first Maasai woman to be elected MP after she won the Kajiado East constituency on Wednesday. Ms Tobiko triumphed despite being “cursed” at one time by Maasai elders after she beat seven TNA aspirants in the...
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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
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...
Monday, March 04, 2013
UNDP has designed a new project that will aim to build an enabling environment to boost women’s economic empowerment and political participation. Expected to launch in March, the project will support the African Union (AU), Regional Economic...
Friday, March 01, 2013
Kenyans head to the polls on Monday and the country is covered in campaign posters vying for their attention. Nairobi’s malls, stalls, trees and speed bumps have been plastered with candidates’ faces. Vast billboards tower over the country’s newly...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The detractors' script reads Martha Karua is a intransigent, tough, hard, mean lady and we saw this in the lead up to the coalition government and she has tried to soften her stand by wearing African prints, by going into studios to perform with rap...
Saturday, February 02, 2013
NAIROBI, Jan 25 2013 (IPS) - Few women in Kenya harbour illusions of entering politics. Blatant discrimination, threats and intimidations, an uneven playing field and a largely unsympathetic public have turned electoral politics into a veritable...
Friday, February 01, 2013
The number of women who made it to the party lists for normal competitive seats in the forthcoming elections remains diminutive raising a red-flag amongst many Kenyans. Women aspirants were technically locked out by the Tenth Parliament when it...
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The number of women who have shown interest in elective seats inTrans Nzoia county has increased compared to previous general elections. Political experts attribute the increase to the new constitution which has created more elective positions for...

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