Policy Brief: Nominated Women's Experience in Parliament

Policy Brief: Consolidating gains and confronting challenges: nominated women’s experiences in Parliament and County Assemblies

Although the population of Kenyan women has always been high in comparison to men’s and remains so to date, women have not participated meaningfully in elective politics. It is because of Kenya’s patriarchal system that is supported by tradition; cultural beliefs; religious beliefs which hold that leadership positions are to be held by men; and traditional gender roles wherein boys are groomed to be leaders and girls to be homemakers therefore the expectation is that women would not be both homemakers and politicians. Women aspirants in Kenya face numerous barriers during political parties’ nominations and at polls in general and by-elections.