Legislative reform needed to improve the status of women
SEE ALSO :Sex tape leak lands MP in troubleWe deserve to see progress, and to hold those responsible accountable if nothing is changing. These demands are why the Building Bridges Initiative taskforce set out to question the Kenyan people. It's about equitable representation, it's about fixing a broken democracy, it's about building a government out of the best and brightest that Kenyan has. The recent scandal goes to show that sexist MPs have been operating in a macho culture in which women are secondary. This old school mentality is on its way out. The new mentality that Uhuru has, hopefully, been working towards is about quality leadership, irrespective of gender, ethnic background, disability or socioeconomic upbringing. By reserving spaces for woman representatives, the system allows for candidates to be elected through connections despite lacking appropriate leadership backgrounds. As a result, women representatives are often not treated the same as their male counterparts. The case of MP Gedi is just one example of the lack of respect that they are given. In essence, the winner takes all system excludes women because it relegates them to fulfill a singular role. Citizens are less likely to vote for female candidates running for regular seats because there are seats reserved for women representatives. Why make an effort to support female leadership when you know that a female is guaranteed to have a spot? This slows down the progress we are working towards as a nation to reach gender parity.
SEE ALSO :MPs vote to save Gedi from House censureMuch action under Uhuru's tenure has addressed the improvement of women's position in society. Just recently he renewed his commitment to fight Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya. The Linda Mama programme under the Universal Healthcare umbrella aims to improve maternal health. At the recent International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) summit in Nairobi, improving maternal health was a key issue on the agenda. Civil society leaders and thousands of delegates got together to discuss gender-based violence. The next move is legislative reform that gets to the heart of the matter. The BBI is likely to call for better representation and accountability. When President Uhuru implements that, we can be assured that Kenya will be one of the leading places to be a woman in Africa. Mr Mugolla comments on topical social and political issues [email protected]?
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