Equality in Representation

Increasing women participation and representation in Kenya

 Women dancing in Turkana. Photo Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam
Paper publication date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Current political representation of Kenyan women stands at 19.7%, way below the constitutional provision of at least 30% of either gender. Developing a mechanism for the implementation of the two-third gender rule has been met with resistance including proposals to scrap it from the Constitution. Deep rooted patriarchal cultures and practises have contributed to inadequate political will to fully implement the two third gender rule. In 2013 general elections, only 16 women out of the 290 members were elected into the national assembly, no woman was elected in the positions of the 47 governors and 47 Senators. All the 18 women in the Senate are nominated. Of the 47 deputy governors, only 8 are women. Only 76 of the 1050 elected members of the county Assembly are women.

Oxfam in Kenya in partnership with Youth Agenda and FIDA Kenya with financial support from the European Union are working together to increase representation of elected women in the next general elections in five Counties: Kisii, Nakuru, Wajir, Turkana and Nairobi. 


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Join us in campaigning for more representation and participation of women in political leadership

  • Mobilise your family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances to register as voters and vote for women.
  • Support women campaigns and motivate women to go for elective political positions.
  • Engage in discussions online and offline to understand the importance and reasons for women participation and representation in political processes.
  • Campaign with us for equality in representation. You can do this by attending our events, sharing our messages and your thoughts on our social media platforms. Join the conversation via  #VoteADada