The Gender Affairs ministry has joined hands with the European Union (EU) to ensure more women clinch elective seats in the August poll and strengthen their participation in political decision-making.
The ministry’s Cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki urged more stakeholders to provide financial support to women aspirants for top elective seats saying lack of funding has been one of the impediments for them to compete fairly with their male counterparts.
Speaking at a Nairobi hotel during the launch, the CS called on women to get more involved in practical politics instead of engaging in “trainings and boardroom meetings”.
“The causes for the under-representation of women in decision-making processes and positions are multiple, complex and call for a comprehensive approach to tackle the problem. We will support the visibility of women in politics because women are underrepresented,” said Sicily.
She also said the effort to have women in elective positions should not be taken as a “women’s issue but a development issue”, adding that an increase of women in leadership would have a disproportionally higher increase in the country’s GDP.
The CS also called on legislators to enact the two-thirds gender bill when they resume the final session of the current Parliament today after a month-long break. EU Ambassador Stefano Dejak said the EU is working with stakeholders to complement efforts to help improve women representation in decision making.
“Women have a right to equal participation. Evidence shows that when women are given equal opportunities and access to resources and to decision-making, communities are more prosperous and more peaceful. The EU wants to assist partners in effectively using this significant transformative potential,” he added.