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The Centre for Multiparty Democracy in collaboration with women leaders from various organizations and other sectors held a major training

event in Nairobi for selected women leaders from all the 47 Counties on 26th – 27th June 2015.The forum brought together women leaders from four (4) organizations namely CMD-Kenya (Political Parties), Christian Women in Politics, World March of Women and Women Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) Caucus. The forum was also used to launch a nationwide civic education campaign, seeking to mobilize grass roots women towards one million signatures in support of the Technical Working Group (TWG) Bill.

 The groups, under the stewardship of CMD-Kenya, are operating under the banner of ‘Thuluthi Mbili Za Mama…Twazitaka Sasa’ with the sole intention of advancing the national goal of gender equality among women, men, boys and girls through the push for the full implementation of the Constitutional gender principle in Article 81(b) that states ‘not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender’.

The forum brought together key women leaders from the women movement and political leaders including the only woman presidential candidate during the 2013 general elections, Hon. Martha Karua; Chair of the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), Ms. Winnie Lichuma and Chair of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO), Rahab Muiu. Other women leaders present include Prof. Julia Ojiambo; Senator Zipporah Kitony among others.

The women leaders present resolved to reach out to and mobilize other women at the County levels to support the immediate realization of the ‘not more than two-thirds’ gender principle in parliament as per the Supreme Court’s advisory ruling of December 2012. They observed that the TWG formula was the most appropriate and easy to implement compared to other formulae being proposed by other groups. Women leaders expressed their discontentment toward the Chairman of Parliament’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC), Hon. Chepkonga, for introducing a retrogressive Bill in Parliament which seeks to amend schedule 5 of the Constitution to pave way for progressive realization of the gender rule.  

They also censured a formula proposed by Hon. Agostino Neto under the Green Amendment campaign that seeks to attain the gender threshold by creating special women Constituencies. Speaking at the function, CMD-Kenya Executive Director observed that this formula will create a situation that will see women totally segregated from men and therefore won’t offer appropriate solution.


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