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Out of the eleven elections that have been held in Kenya since independence, the 2013 election will remain significant in Kenya’s electoral history. The Constitution of Kenya 2010 set the legal framework for promoting gender equality, which has seen a record eighty six woman elected and nominated to the eleventh Parliament. This number surpasses the total number of women representatives in the fifty years of independence combined. In the last ten parliaments, Kenya has had a total of eventy five women, fifty of them elected while the other 25 were nominated. With an increase from 9.8% to 19% representation, Kenya is now ranked 76th of the top 100 countries in the World Classification of Women in National Parliaments. The marked

Progress, a result of years of hard work by different stakeholders in the women’s movement, deserves celebration.

Transitional Justice: Gender-political Perspectives for Societies in Transition

In post-war periods and in the aftermath of serious, systematic human rights violations, gender-based forms of violence are usually forgotten during the processing of the past and reconciliation phase. Yet, only when they are paid due regard can lasting peace processes be established. Given this, it is important to subject transitional justice institutions and approaches to a detailed review. The results: until now, transitional justice has, in many places, failed to address the gender dimensions but increasingly so the issues of inequality, hierarchies and violence patterns.

This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.

Invisible is a Kenyan story made up of many tales. Although the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity is a very controversial topic in Kenya, the queer community has recently struggled to make itself more visible.

Perspectives #03/2013: Women, Custom and Access to Justice

This issue of Perspectives provides insight into country-specific challenges and controversies with regards to women’s access to justice in selected sub-Saharan African states.

A Training Manual on Masculinities and Engaging Men to End Gender Based Violence

The manual enhances men’s knowledge on the link between masculinities, GBV and the spread of HIV/AIDS, as well as equips them with practical skills for training other men on combating GBV and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Women and Political Leadership in Kenya: Ten Case Studies

Despite global advances recognizing the principle of women’s political, economic and social equality, Kenyan women continue to be marginalized in many areas of society, especially in the sphere of leadership and decision making.

A Handbook for Women Seeking Leadership Positions

The book offers a simplified but comprehensive profile of all the elective, nominative and appointive positions in Kenya's Constitution, for women and men to make informed decisions about which offices to go for.

Men to Men Strategy Toolkit

The toolkit provides men with easy practical guidelines on how to work with fellow men to combat gender based violence - GBV as part of their contribution to enhancing gender equality.

Perspectives #2.11: The Power to Participate: Building Feminist Influence in Africa

Over the last five decades, successive African governments have promised their citizens dignity, equality, human rights and a better life. However, progress to achieve these ideals remains hampered in various respects, of which gender inequality is undoubtedly one of the most severe.

Perspectives #4.10: Struggle for Equality - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights in Africa

This issue sheds light on the ongoing struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people for equality in Africa.

Perspectives on Gender Discourse: Enhancing Women’s Political Participation, 6/08

Despite much rhetoric about gender equity, the role of women in Kenyan electoral politics remains dismally low – even by standards of the East African region. The sixth edition of "Perspectives on Gender Discourse", emerging from discussions held at HBS Nairobi's "Gender Forum" in the run-up to the last general elections, takes a closer look at women’s political practice in Kenya from diverse perspectives.

In the Shadow of Death: My Trauma, My Experience

In the Shadow of Death: My Trauma, My Experience is a public testimony of what numerous women went through during the post-election violence that engulfed Kenya immediately after the Electoral Commission of Kenya announced the results of the hotly-contested presidential polls of the December 2007 General Election.

Profile of Women’s Socio-Economic Status in Kenya

Despite a multitude of policy interventions by government and non-state actors in Kenya, female representation remains low in post-primary education, formal employment, enterprise ownership outside wholesale and retail trade, and political decision making processes.

Running for Political Office: A Handbook for Women Candidates

In an attempt to influence change in the leadership through equal participation and representation, this booklet proves an invaluable tool for any woman candidate seeking political office in Kenya. It provides a political scan of the Kenyan electorate and provides political insights geared towards helping women candidates gather the votes.

A Curriculum for the Training of Trainers in Gender Mainstreaming

The training provides participants with information and skills to plan and develop gender responsive programmes and to mainstream gender in their programmes.

A Curriculum for the Training of Trainers in Gender Mainstreaming

The training provides participants with information and skills to plan and develop gender responsive programmes and to mainstream gender in their programmes.

UN Reform: What´s in it for Women?

All the contributions in the publication point to an important truth: Women activists and gender equality advocates must engage the
UN constructively in its current reform efforts to become even more accountable and stay a stalwart ally in the global promotion of women’s rights. But the ongoing reform efforts are far from being enough.

Nairobi +21: Commemorating the 3rd UN World Conference on Women

The "Third World Conference on Women", held in Nairobi on 15-26 June 1985, has been a landmark event in the history of the struggle for gender equality worldwide. In 2006, the "Nairobi +21" series of events offered a space for reflection on the commitments of the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies and the Beijing Platform for Action.

Mapping Best Practices: Promoting Gender Equality and the Advancement of Kenyan Women

What are best practices in the complex process of promoting gender equality and the advancement of women envisioned in key human rights instruments, or in significant intergovernmental agreements like the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action?

Gender in International Agricultural Trade Agreements: A Kenyan Synopsis 5/05

In the East and Horn of Africa, where agricultural trade remains the mainstay of region’s economies, women’s expertise in local agriculture, trade and marketing is still being undermined by international trade agreements, which largely ignore the socio-environmental issues facing these local farmers and their communities.