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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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?

During the first half of the year 2003, The Gender Forum held a series of discussions on the experiences of women in the last general elections, also focusing on how far women have come in engaging in politics. Significant questions were raised as to why should
women be involved in electoral politics, what are their challenges and what lessons can be carried forward to improve the quality of women engagement in politics?

The workshop reviewed, and focused on how civil societies working in the area of gender in Kenya, could be involved in, and contribute to the processes and mechanisms of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), in the eradication of poverty. 

This was a pertinent and topical subject, as Kenya underwent the first significant review of its constitution post-independence. This publication tackled a wide array of subjects and issues, ranging from a critique of the constitutional separation of powers from a gender perspective, to an examination of reproductive rights from a constitutional stand-point.

Factors that determine full and active participation in constitution making in many African countries include the traditional set-up, customary laws and practices, modernity and religious factors. In some instances, customary law and religious beliefs override the Constitution.