KANU women congress decry low participation of women in political arena

KANU party Women Congress has decried the low number of women participation in political arena and has called on women across the country to come out and participate fully in national decision making.

Speaking in Nakuru on Saturday morning during a meeting attended by members from different counties,the women noted that women in Kenya are still under-represented in decision making as evident in low number of women in parliaments.

In a statement read by Lucy Kabira who was a contestant for the women rep Vihiga county,the women said it was still a challenge for Kenya to meet the constitutional threshold of 2/3 gender rule owing to the fact that very few women have been appointed to government positions.

“We appeal to the president His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta to consider more omen in future appointments” they said.

The KANU women Congress vowed to continue supporting all mechanisms that are geared towards ensuring girls and women do not have to fight for their constitutional rights since the Constitution provides framework for addressing gender equality.

They added that for Kenyan families and communities to grow stronger,then Kenyan Women should be given freedom to reach their potential.

The KANU women congress once again reiterated their support the position taken by KANU National chair Senator Gideon Moi to support the dialogue initiative between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The KANU women Congress also commended Kenyans for continued prayers for the health and life of retired President Moi.

Grace Karuga who contested the Nakuru Woman Rep seat on KANU ticket called on women to come out strongly and let their voice be heard.

She said that was the only way to ensure the society is empowered through women empowerment.

“There has been a negative notion that women are not supposed to be active in political leadership but we are telling women to stand up for their rights” she said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Marynn Njambi who said the Kanu Women Congress will continue to work closely with other women organizations to champion for the rights of the women.

Ms Njambi also called on women to join the Kanu Women congress to enable the strengthening of Women Participation.

Similar sentiments echoed by Wajir County Assembly Nominated MCA Sadia Ahmed Mumin who said there was need for women at the grass root level to be empowered for abetter society.

 

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:KANU women congress members addressing press in Nakuru on Saturday.They have decried the low number of women participation in political arena and has called on women across the country to come out and participate fully in national decision making.

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