By putting women in top political leadership, we will have posterity

Martha Karua

Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua during a special delegates meeting in Nairobi in 2017. There is a push for at least a woman presidential running mate in next year’s general election.

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • There is strong evidence that, as more women are elected to office, there is an increase in policy-making that emphasizes quality of life.
  • The meaningful participation of women in national, local and community leadership roles has become an important focus on global development policy.

Whatever way the script is written, women’s political participation results in tangible gains for democracy — including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across party and ethnic lines and a sustainable future. There is also strong evidence that, as more women are elected to office, there is an increase in policy-making that emphasizes quality of life and reflects the priorities of family, women and ethnic minorities.

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