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Kenya: Seek Elective Posts – Waiguru to Women

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Nairobi — Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has urged more women to seek elective positions in next year’s General Election.

Speaking during the Women Leadership Academy forum in Nairobi on Wednesday, Waiguru said much more should be done to ensure more women seek elective positions.

“This engagement is a significant initiative that will contribute to the ongoing campaigns to bring more women up the political ladder. We are equal shareholders in Kenya, by number, by economic participation and by growth of the country. All of us must commit to actively include, champion, mobilize, negotiate and implement what we know it is rightful for women in Kenya,” Waiguru said, “This I guarantee you will happen and come to be a reality if we come out and fight for these leadership positions.”

The Kirinyaga Governor however, reminded the women that climbing the political ladder is not easy and urged them to work together regardless of their political affiliations to ensure more are elected.

“We are women first, then members of political parties. It will not be easy because women ought to deal with negative publicity from opponents, but we must soldier on. As it is now, women must work twice as hard in convincing the electorate to vote for them. This should not stop you from dreaming,” said Waiguru.

Waiguru is among the first three female governors who were elected in Kenya during the 2017 general elections.

The other two are Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and Bomet Governor the late Joyce Laboso.

The women leadership academy is part of the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA), a Dada campaign that brought together over 350 women aspirants for various political positions.

The campaign seeks to increase public discourse on the role of women and persons with disabilities in political leadership and contribute to increasing the number of women elected in the six elective positions in the 2022 general elections.

The recently launched Vote-A-Dada campaign hopes to integrate the inter-sectional participation for women in the country to demand action from the State, the Legislature, and all other governance institutions in promoting women’s leadership.



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