NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 28 – The journey towards the realization of the two thirds gender principle in political representation received a major boost when the European Union Missions in the country and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki unveiled a partnership to promote women and youth participation in elective politics.
Speaking after the meeting, Kariuki said she had written to both Houses of Parliament reiterating the government’s commitment to oversee the full implementation of the Constitutional provision.
“Some of the important key features of the strategy to note: In the short-term goal, it aims to double the number of the current elected women members in the National Assembly, double the current number of elected women MCAs and at least 5 elected Senators and 3 Governors for the 2017 elections,” the CS asserted.
The strategy also seeks to work with the different bodies that support women in Kenya and other stakeholders to encourage and mobilise more women to get into the political arena and compete with men for single member constituency seats.
In the medium term, it will aim to achieve the not more than two-third threshold in all elective bodies through competitive elections by 2027; and in the long run the chances of electing a woman and a man will be the same.
The campaign also seeks to promote behaviour and attitude change among voters to appreciate the economic value of electing women in key leadership positions.
“In this renewed partnership, we have identified key priority areas which include: supporting the elimination of Gender-based violence; operationalizing the Kenya National Action Plan on women in peace and security targeting women. On youth the EU will support areas of skills development, supporting youth into self-employment, development of Youth Empowerment Centres,” she said.