September 20th 2017

Gender Matters



The key to effective political representation and meaningful participation, especially of women, youth and other minority groups, in a democracy at work is to engage all citizens, so that they feel that they are part of the society and governance processes.


Women continue good run in 2017 with Speaker's elections

Julliet Mwihaki | Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 17:34 EAT

Catherine Mukenyang, the new Speaker of West Pokot, is the first woman to hold the office in the North Rift Region. She takes over from the former speaker Robert Kaitina who failed in his bid to be re-elected.


Most members on boards are of accounting, finance or legal backgrounds. With average of 50 years and not diversifying to promote representation of all groups.


The country’s constitution guarantees women a third of seats in parliament but that has not been achieved. Kenya’s male dominated assembly has still not passed the necessary legislation to put the constitutional principal into practice.


In Kenyan constitution, anyone irrespective of the gender is allowed to run a government office as far as he/she has attained the requirements needed


Wajir women rep Fatuma Ibrahim celebrates milestones with Affirmative Action Fund

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Monday, 05 Jun 2017 19:33 EAT

"Two weeks ago we distributed Sh4 million busury fund across the six sub counties," he said, adding that another Sh4 million will be given out for students in colleges. The bursary target mostly girls to improve girl child education in the county.


Gilgil aspirant urges Kenyans to give power to women

Jackson Okata | Monday, 08 May 2017 10:16 EAT

Ms Wangari said that apart from offering an alternative to male-dominated leadership, the election of many women aspirants in the forthcoming general elections would be a great stride towards achieving the two third gender rule.


Ms Ndeti garnered 227,947 votes against Mr Kiala’s 4,508 in the repeat primaries conducted on Saturday as ordered by Political Parties Tribunal after the deputy governor contested the previous results making reference to the signed contract between Wiper and Ms Ndeti’s CCU.


Maverick Kiambu Governor William Kabogo brought down by power of women

Julliet Mwihaki | Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 21:47 EAT

Mr Kabogo's career dreams came tumbling down in the last few days when a vibrant campaign machinery by Mr Waititu released a collection of his slurs against women (some unprintable) against which he defended himself but could not recover from.


What has made these women effective is their progressive politics and good use of the internet to advance their activism. In 2015, a video in which Aisha castigated the Jubilee government as being repressive, corrupt and anti-women went viral, watched by over 200,000 Kenyans on YouTube.


Though she was the first daughter of founding Jomo Kenyatta, Margaret for decades remained close to Kenyatta's friend-turned-foe, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, and she helped nurture the city in more fundamental ways than widely recognised.


Phoebe Asiyo urges MPs to pass two-third gender law

Samuel Owida | Monday, 03 Apr 2017 17:00 EAT

Ms Asiyo said: “Let our parliamentarians treat the gender principle as a serious matter. As a constitutional requirement there must be equality for women of this country with regard to representation in national leadership”.


Matungulu MP aspirant wants more women in power

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 24 Mar 2017 08:32 EAT

Ms Ndawa, who is also the sitting MCA for Matungulu West Ward and so far the only woman who has shown interest in the Matungulu seat, promised to ensure that CDF projects have been completed in time and with transparency.


Kitui women urged to press for constitutional rights

Boniface Mulu | Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 17:58 EAT

The expert said the Kenya government had come up with some policies to empower the women in the country and she cited the Uwezo Fund and Women Enterprise Fund, in addition to domesticating international treaties that empower women.


Empowering women through renewable energy

Phyllis Wakiaga | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 10:16 EAT

The use of renewable makes their micro-businesses profitable, safe and environmentally friendly. They will be able to, for instance, provide lighting which enables them to extend their working hours in public spaces, something which is taken for granted when it comes to their productivity.


“This idea of judging women politicians from the waist downwards should stop,” said Farida, adding, "We should not be judged by our financial power but by what we promise and stand for as women aspirants”.


Civil society mourns the death of Wangui Mbatia

John Onyando | Friday, 10 Feb 2017 12:13 EAT

Indeed, the ideas that Bunge championed will live forever, affirmed as they are in the 2010 constitution which provides for citizen particpation among other progressive values Bunge stands for.


Ruto's child support case shows our system is broken

Esther Wavinya | Monday, 06 Feb 2017 20:13 EAT

I honestly think that refusing to pay towards the upbringing of children should be a criminal offense. Those who are unable to afford their child support payments should be made to pay what they can afford. We need to enact laws for those who refuse to pay child support. I think they should be incar


Is this Kenya's most effective first lady?

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 23 Sep 2016 18:58 EAT

“We started checkups in February and we are almost finishing. I ask you to tell our people to come forth to be screened. In October the governor will deliver the report to the county assembly”, she said.


Thugs roaming Moi Avenue attack woman, leaving her for dead

Lemmy Bramwel | Monday, 04 Jul 2016 18:33 EAT

An unidentified young woman was on Sunday evening attacked by a gang of marauding youths at the intersection of Moi and Kenyatta avenues, Nairobi, who beat her senseless and robbed her of all material belongings.


Writing on a civil society online forum, governance and rights activist Cyprian Nyamwamu said; “Justice Chitembwe is not your top cream judge,”— recalling the judge’s suspension from judicial work for nearly two years when he faced criminal charges.


More women are taking up jobs in matatu industry, driving service standards in a sector once dominated by ill-mannered men and shining light on changing gender roles in a depressed economy.