4 February 2013

Kenya: Gender Commission Demands More Security for Female Aspirants

The National Gender and Equality Commission has urged political parties to ensure female candidates are accorded enough security during the campaigns.

Winfred Lichuma, the chair of the commission, said she will be monitoring the level of participation and facilitation given to women voters.

Lichuma said women who have made attempts to enter the "male dominated field of politics" have suffered ridicule, harassment, sexual violence and humiliation aimed at maligning their engagement.

"We just witnessed in the party primaries how women were treated. Discrimination was rampant especially for female aspirants both at the party level and community level," she said.

She urged the IEBC to ensure women are allowed to vote on a priority basis and that their security is guaranteed.

Lichuma was addressing women aspirants from across the country in a Nairobi hotel during the National Consultive Forum for Women Aspirants and Voters.

She said the commission will observe the conduct of campaigns especially for women candidates.

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