Most women who were running for nominations lost in electorates that have women as the majority voters… How do you combat that?
It is high time the women voted for their own if they want any chance of being empowered!
Why should women vote for women simply because they are women? Isn’t it the same as saying that Pokots should only vote for Pokots? Let women earn their tickets with votes from both women and men. Women must refuse to be disenfranchised by forcefully being herded into a women-vote-for-women kraal.
Boit, you are partially right. But the problem is not just that women are not voting for fellow women. But that the structures, and political environment is too male dominated that a woman stands no chance. How to address this? Peace Initiative Kenya among other women and Peace civic campaigns are raising awareness on the need for gender equity in leadership. The new Constitution is also clear and if adhered to, we will sure attain parity!
A silly law is a silly law. And one cannot help but say that this one-third clause was silly, impractical and unfair right from word go. Presenting oneself for election is an individual’s choice. Along with the will to win, one has to possess bucketfuls of cash and lots of friends willing to religiously take up your cause. Martha, Shebesh, Wanjiru all have that. We cannot force other women to become candidates so as to attain the silly one-third limit. It will not work. We should have stopped at the mandatory Women’s Rep for each county and party nomination lists and left the rest to the electorate. With this silly one-third clause, we may end up with over 150 extra members of the National Assembly whom we did not elect. Of course, don’t even dream about how much more money will be required to run an already burdensome legislature.