Magazine / Gender Matters
Friday, 24 Feb 2017 13:00 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Women aspirants from across the country have appealed to male voters to stop judging female politicians by their beauty or physical attributes but rather on their manifestos. Addressing the media at the end of a workshop organized for women aspirants by Media Focus on Africa, the women led by Farida Salim, a Nominated MCA in the Kisumu county assembly, said that sexism was working against women and called on the public to use the same political criteria in judging both male and female aspirants.
“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”. The women demanded a fair political playing ground and called on all political parties to ensure that all female aspirants were protected against any form of violence that might be directed towards them during the campaign period.
“We need assurance from the major political parties that women aspirants will get a fair playing ground during the nominations and that our rights as female aspirants will be protected during the nomination process and even during the campaigns,” said Farida, who also demanded: “There needs to be political tolerance and Kenyans should listen to all the aspirants who come to talk to them and make the choice by themselves.
The workshop was organized by the Media Focus on Africa Organization together with the Kenya Federation of Women Lawyers.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County