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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...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Hope for change as Kenya court rules one-third of MPs must be women
NAIROBI — Kenyan activists on Monday welcomed a High Court ruling giving parliament 60 days to ensure a third of lawmakers are women or face dissolution. The ruling follows a lengthy struggle to increase women's political representation in the...
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...
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Fathia Aden Mahabub
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...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Catherine Nabwala Mukiite
This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Political party financing and equal participation of women in Kenyan electoral politics: A situation overview
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: Peace and security specialist
  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...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Joyce Laboso
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...
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...
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The changing face of women leadership over the decades in Kenya
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
They Said Men Would Be Suckling My Breasts for Five Years - Kenyan MP Speaks About 2013 Elections
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...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Women were beaten in the queues - Kenyan politician speaks about 2013 elections
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...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
New laws ignored, so women trailed in Kenya 2013 election
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...
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Grace, Kenya’s first Iron Lady of politics
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
RADIO SHOWS RAISE PROFILE OF WOMEN ASPIRANTS IN KENYA
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,...
Friday, May 10, 2013
Women set to break glass ceiling in Kenya’s new cabinet
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
Gender Quotas: Lessons Learned from Kenya to Tunisia
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
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...