NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Tuesday pledged to
assist Kenya to achieve the two-third gender principle
in elective posts.
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
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
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.
2017 polls resulted in significant gains by women
leading to a marginal increase in representation as
compared to the 2013 elections.
representation in parliament now stands at approximately
21 percent, up from 19.6 percent in 2013,” Fueg added.
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
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
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.
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
two-third principle requires not more than two thirds of
people to be of the same gender.
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