Violence against female lawmakers still rampant in Africa, report


A joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate during President Uhuru Kenyatta's State of the Nation Address at Parliament Buildings on November 30, 2021.

Photo credit: Jeff Angote | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Document cites a case in which a Kenyan legislator twice slapped his female colleague in 2019.
  • Report shows that as of January 1, 2020, Africa had 2,834 women MPs (23 per cent), with their male colleagues at 12,113.


An incident in which a Kenyan MP twice slapped his female colleague within the precincts of Parliament in 2019 has been cited among the cases that contributed to increased violence against women parliamentarians in Africa.


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