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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...
Organized by the Centre for Development and Population Activities and partners, this workshop is part of a series of international, regional and country-level workshops under the new Advancing Women's Leadership and Advocacy for AIDS Action...

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The Cabinet yesterday targeted women's votes by proposing to create 50 special seats for them in a new 300-member House.The seats which are part of the 90 new ones to be created ahead of the December General Election, will be reserved for nominated...
This workshop will be held on January 28-February 15, 2008. It is part of a series of international, regional and country-level workshops under the new Advancing Women's Leadership and Advocacy for AIDS Action initiative.The initiative will 1) equip...
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)....
Opposition to the creation of 50 parliamentary seats for women grew yesterday with trade unions and a Cabinet minister joining in. Central Organisation of Trade Unions secretary-general Francis Atwoli and Labour minister Newton Kulundu said the move...

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This report contains the findings and recommendations that emerged from the comprehensive evaluations of democracy at the local level in four cities in East and Southern Africa. The report also includes the Local Democracy Assessment Methodology...
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...

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Edith Miguda
Edith Miguda holds a Ph.D. in gender studies and history from Adelaide University, South Australia. She is currently a postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Women’s Intercultural Leadership at Saint Mary’s College, Indiana. Her current research and...

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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...
 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...
Four women in Kenya were appointed to the task force on transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. The Minister of Information and Communications said this was in line with the Government's decision to reserve 30 per cent of public...

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This guide is designed to help education and gender campaigners, and organisations and coalitions, work more effectively with the media to promote gender-equitable education. It explores issues relating to gender equality in education and contains...
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...
This will be an annual event that brings young people of 35 years and under to showcase to the world what they can do. The proposed forum seeks to create a platform for the youth to network and build partnerships amongst themselves. It will also...
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...

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Health minister, Mrs Charity Ngilu, emerged as the preferred female presidential candidate with 61 per cent followed by Nazlin Umar with 12 per cent and Mrs Beth Mugo garnering seven per cent To read the full article, please visit the All Africa's...

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Prof. Wangari Mathai passed away on the 25th of September, in Kenya, after a prolonged battle with cancer. The first woman in Africa to win a Nobel Prize, Wangari steadfastly and courageously lobbied and advocated for the rights of women, the...
This website provides links to a number of country reports that were written based on research and dialogue with political parties. These reports examine the internal functioning and structure of political parties, as well as the external...

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Joyce Laboso Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya
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...

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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)
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...
This report presents an overview of the state of human development in Kenya, focusing primarily on poverty and gender inequality. It reflects the significant differences in economic and social development across provinces and districts, between...
NDI is pleased to welcome Kenya's new ambassador, Elkanah Odembo, to Washington, D.C. Following the historic constitutional referendum on Aug. 4 Amb. Odembo will discuss the new constitution and its implications for democratic development in Kenya....
The government is urging Members of Parliament to support a Bill that backs party nominations to fill special seats in Parliament and the Senate, to meet the gender representation rule. Attorney General Githu Muigai in an interview with Capital FM...
"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....
THE Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has agreed to reduce by half, the Sh500,000 it was demanding as nomination fee for any of the women hoping to join the country representative race. TheSh500,000 amount is among the proposals...
MORE than 500 women from Ijara district in Garissa county yesterday protested alleged misuse by men during elections. Interestingly, the protesters were not activists but housewives who said the burden of inefficient leadership imposed on them by...
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...
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...
President Mwai Kibaki on Monday told women to seek for elective positions in the coming General Election instead of waiting for posts on a silver platter. Addressing the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) 60th anniversary celebrations,...
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...
DEPUTY Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi is targeting the women vote as he campaigns for the presidency in the general election. The UDF presidential hopeful has said he wants to ensure that women aspirants in the party get 50 per cent representation...
Water and Irrigation Minister Charity Ngilu launched her presidential bid on Sunday and pledged to focus on women and the youth empowerment if elected Kenya's fourth President in next year's General Elections. Launching her bid on the Narc party at...
Kenya's rights activists are furious that the country's highest court "violated" women's constitutional rights by ruling against the implementation of a gender quota in parliament ahead of the 2013 general elections. Activists here are threatening...
NAIROBI, Feb 23  -- Kenyan political parties have been urged to push for gender parity in order to meet the one-third women representation principle as required in the country's new Constitution ahead of the next general election. Addressing a...
Women are being left out of key decisions on distribution of wealth and resources because they are not active in political parties, a new survey has revealed. According to the study by the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies...
Renowned media personality Wanjiru Chege has resigned to embark on her bid for the Women Representative seat for Murang'a County. The Coro FM presenter who was also the controller of commercial radio services in the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation...
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...
Women hoping to join Parliament will have to face elections if proposals made by MPs and political party leaders are approved by the House.   A two-day weekend meeting to discuss mechanisms to achieve gender parity in the General Election...

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