A tale of love and hate: Unravelling the Women Reps

How Infotrak ranked women reps vis-a-vis situation on the ground.

Photo credit: Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The 47 Women Representative position was created through an affirmative action.
  • In drafting the harmonised Constitution, the Committee of Experts (CoE) which succeeded Constitution of Kenya Review Commission in 2009, proposed proportional representations of women to the National Assembly.
  • CWRs were first elected in 2013 under the new Constitution.
  • The proposal in the BBI report to scrap the position has divided women leaders and rights organisations.
  • Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire noted that women had struggled to get where they are and it would be wrong to take away the gains so far attained.
  • Controversy has raged over the role with critics, overwhelmingly men, calling it useless, simply swelling the country’s wage bill.

In the year 2000 when Constitution of Kenya Review Commission chaired by Prof. Yash Pal Ghai-later headed by Abida Ali-Aroni-began its work, representation of women in Parliament was pitiful.

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