NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Tuesday pledged to assist
Kenya to achieve the two-third gender principle in elective
Karin Fueg, the
Deputy Country Director of the UN Women Kenya told a women forum
in Nairobi that the UN Post-Election Programme will include
interventions on electoral legislative reform and institutional
strengthening to ensure more women are elected to national and
county leadership roles.
Fueg said her
organization will thus continue to provide convening support to
stakeholders for a concerted dialogue and strategy on the issue
of advancing the quest for women’s leadership.
“Further plans are
underway to engage targeted parliamentary committees for
enactment of the implementing legislation,” Fueg said during the
launch of the Gender Audit Report of the 2017 polls.
The August 2017
polls resulted in significant gains by women leading to a
marginal increase in representation as compared to the 2013
representation in parliament now stands at approximately 21
percent, up from 19.6 percent in 2013,” Fueg added.
She said that
despite these gains, Kenya lags behind regional neighbors with
respect to women’s representation in the legislature with Rwanda
at 64 percent, Tanzania at 36 percent while Uganda and Burundi
at 35 percent and 30 percent respectively.
Fueg noted that for
a country to realize true democratic ideals, the quest for
women’s participation in leadership and decision making must be
understood, appreciated and prioritized.
She observed that
historical barriers presenting limitation to inclusive
leadership must be challenged.
decision-making table includes both men and women, communities
and the country at large will benefit from leadership that
considers the diverse needs and interests of its citizens,” said
the UN official.
Fueg noted that
while principles of gender equality and non discrimination are
embedded in the constitution, the convergence of law, social
norms and the patriarchal nature of Kenyan society has served to
severely limit 51 percent of population access to leadership and
principle requires not more than two thirds of people to be of
the same gender.