WIMAGE Election Observers team was successfully deployed in Kenya after being accredited to observe the Kenyan General Elections. The Team was headed by Macksood Sesay, Chief of monitoring & Auditing, and Mr. Patrick Koigi, the Programs Director. It is on record that the team received exceptional training before the election by Mr. Macksood Sesay, Chief of Monitoring and Auditing.
In the Kenyan political context, women account for few leadership seats. However, with the growing urge for democracy, the country indicates a significant shift in women’s growth in administrative roles. The 2022 election represents a critical indicator that women continue ascending to governance and leadership. Although the number of women elected was small, there was an improvement compared to the previous elections in history. For instance, in Meru County, a woman was elected governor for the first time since the 2010 constitution created the office. In addition, a total of 7 womenout of 47 were democratically elected as governors for the first time in the Kenyan political history. Furthermore, omen got 3 senator positions from the 47 counties and 26 members of parliament out of 290. The event was a clear indicator that citizens no longer consider the gender aspect when selecting leaders. Instead, the voters prefer individuals with transformative ideas that facilitate growth.
It is on record that women legislators in Kenya boost economic performance in the administrative units they lead more than male leaders. When making the above assumption multiple aspects are put into consideration. These elementscomprise motivation, efficiency, and corruption. According to the Kenyan criminal court data, men legislators are involved in criminal acts that differ from people‘s and constitutional will in Africa (Dang, 2022). In the centrally, most women take administrative positions to empower
Women take leadership positions with the family traits of being supportive to ensure the well-being of all. With the increasing number of women in Kenyan politics, gender equality significantly grows to a better level. Also, the range of regulatory matters considered shifts to another level. Strong evidence emerges that more elected women would enhance policymaking that supports quality of life. Besides, the procedure would prioritize families, racial minorities, women, and ethnic groups. Children receive adequate attention with good services like education.
Whenever engaged, women work to align with the party lines. In Kenya, they perform their functions according to the requirements stipulated in their party manifestos. Also, the legislators highly respond to constituent concerns like drought by designing effective remedies for them and the recent electoral petition. With equal access to resources, citizens maintain peace with one another. Elected women enhance citizen confidence in democratic aspects through their involvement (Pepera, 2018). Another contribution by women is their role in prioritizing health, learning, and other core development indicators. Women allocate adequate funds that support various projects in the units they administer. Furthermore, the leaders are more likely to follow up on how the money suits multiple projects to ensure their completion.
In conclusion, the above data indicates how women are essential despite the inferiority nature assigned to them. Nations should prioritize them by designing policies that support their participation in elective aspects. Besides, to attain global development goals like realizing sustainable democracies, women must be supported to become strong community and political legislators. Countries should unite to design effective strategies that ensure equality for both men and women to attain gender balance in the political sector. The unity should conduct adequate research to detect global trends in women‘s participation in politics. By so doing, the attainment of the two thirds gender rule becomes more manageable and radicalistic. In conclusion, WIMAGE extends our vote of thanks to all our supporters who made this exercise possible and worthwhile, in a special thanks to our personal donors to this great cause and making it a success.
Dang, G. (2022, March 8). Women’s political participation and development. Brookings. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2019/09/04/womens-political-participation-and-development/
Pepera, S. (2018, February 28). Why women in politics? – Women deliver. Women Deliver. https://womendeliver.org/why-women-in-politics/