Kenya Election 2017: Women fight for power

Kenya Election 2017: Women fight for power

July 18, 2017
What barriers and biases do female politicians face?

A Kenyan woman casts her vote at a mock polling station during a pre-election exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 12, 2017. (REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)


On Tuesday, July 18, at 1930GMT: 

When Kenyans head to the polls to vote in a general election next month, Samantha Maina’s name will be among those on the ballot. A first-time candidate, she is one of a handful of women trying to change her country and shake up its politics in the process.  

Kenya holds the dubious distinction of having the lowest female parliamentary representation in East Africa. Only about 19 percent of the seats are held by women despite a 2010 constitutional mandate requiring a third of seats be filled by them.

It’s something Daisy Amdany, the Executive Director at Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust, is working to change.

"When you’re not at the table, your issues aren’t on the table," she says .

So what will it take to make sure more women have a seat at the table? We ask that question to a group of women working to make Kenyan politics more inclusive.

Read more:

This politician was told her natural hair was unprofessional – Buzzfeed 
Election season offers a reminder that Kenya remains deeply sexist – The Conversation 
Kenya’s parliament continues to stall on the two-thirds gender rule – The Conversation 

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