Law on one-third gender seats still hangs in balance

Julia Ojiambo (right), Phoebe Asiyo (centre) and Marygorety Akinyi addressing journalists at Panafric Hotel in Nairobi on July 11,2017 where they threatened to move to court to bar Parliament from sitting if the two-thirds gender rule is not met. The law is yet to be enacted. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Women currently constitute 19 per cent of MPs, falling below the 30 per cent constitutional requirement.

  • The Constitution sought to give greater representation to women through the two-thirds gender principle.

  • A mechanism to implement the two-thirds gender rule has yet to be agreed upon.

Some progress has been made towards gender equality in Kenya, but it is not yet time to pop the champagne.


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