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Gender and Governance Programme

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The United Nations Gender and Governance program in Kenya is managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). It was developed as a follow up to the Engendering Political Process Programme implemented in 2002 to support women to participate actively in 2002 general elections.

The GGP was developed by different stakeholders comprising women leaders and women centred civil society organisations and supported by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and development partners such as the Swedish International Development Agency, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and DFID.

The Gender and Governance Programme is in its second phase, and it is a multi-stakeholder programme formulated to deepen the gains of the Engendering Political Process Programme (EPPP) in ensuring that women’s issues remain relevant in the national polity, to support transformative leadership across all levels and tiers of government that delivers for people and in particular delivers on gender equality and to strengthen women’s leadership within communities and at the national levels.

The overall goal of the GGP is to transform leadership and governance at all levels in Kenya in order to deliver on poverty reduction, access to basic needs and equality between and among persons

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GGP Report

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Hundreds of posters and banners in praise of aspirants is the order of the day in most streets and buildings as newcomers and old guards jam the Kenyan political scene ahead of the general elections. 

Notably present are posters of women aspirants either planning to vie for the civic or parliamentary seats in their respective places of interest.

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Vox Pop - Coast women aspirants

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Coast Women aspirants vox pop   

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Q & A with Anna Brandt, Swedish Ambassador to Kenya

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On Friday, 26th October, 2007, Anna Brandt, the Swedish Ambassador to Kenya attended a security training session for female political aspirants from Kisauni and Changamwe constituencies. She made the following comments during and after the meeting.

From a measly four women contesting parliamentary elections in Coast Province in 2002, the number has risen to 25 this year.

Although the presence of Coast women in politics has been rare since independence, the region produced Kenya’s first female freedom fighter. Way back in 1914, when most of Kenya was undecided on whether the foreigners arriving in their country were friends or foes, one woman would lead the Giriama people in a rebellion against British missionaries who were destroying their kayas – sacred forest shrines. Mekatilili wa Menza was captured and exiled to Mumias in Western Province for five years. 

The media in recent weeks has been awash with worrying accounts of violence against female political aspirants. This violence has ranged from use of abusive language and threats to brutal beatings, as tactics to scare and punish women who seem poised to win certain political positions. It seems as violence is being used systematically to stop women from exercising their democratic right to seek leadership positions. This trend poses a big challenge to many women especially those aspiring to both civic and legislative posts. 

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NAIROBI, Kenya (WOMENSENEWS)--It is Saturday morning in the Busia District of Western Kenya and Josephine Wandago, backed by a row of provincial administrators, is speaking out.

Wandago, program officer with the Nairobi-based League of Kenya Women Voters, faces over 1,500 villagers, young and old, to argue against the cultural prejudices that hamper female politicians.


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Gender & Governance Workshop - Nanyuki

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The African Woman and Child Feature Service held a second seminar for Media correspondents on  July 27th, 2007 at the Sportsman Arms Hotel in Nanyuki. Twenty-five journalists from Central, Eastern and North Eastern Provinces of Kenya attended.  

The workshop was an opportunity for reporters to explore the issues they are facing during this election year. Journalists used case studies from their region to come up with innovative ways of reporting on key concerns such as the place of women in competitive politics and the argument for equal political representation by women. As part of the discussion of gender sensitive reporting, the participants debated ethics and professional standards in journalism.

The workshop was intended to provide journalists with an analytical framework for understanding and addressing diversity, gender, governance and democracy issues in an election year. Participants discussed the media’s role in educating the public about diversity and gender issues both in the print and broadcast media.


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Gender and Governance Programme Audit

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A Gender Audit of Political Parties' Constitutions and Manifestos {quickdown:83}

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Women make up to 52 per cent of the population but are underrepresented in parliament.
Of the 222 MPs in Parliament, only 18 are women - 10 were elected and eight nominated. In the local authorities, women hold an insignificant 377 out of 2,837 seats.{/styleboxjp} 

Women activists have steppedup the campaign to have affirmative action enacted in Parliament before the general elections are held.

Dubbed the, ‘No affirmative Action, No votes’ campaign, thousands of women from all over the country, came out in unity in Nairobi during the African Women’s Day on June 5th to declare their stand on the motion.

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