International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Gender Mainstreaming and Women Empowerment in Political Party Processes in Kenya: Implementing the New Constitution in Earnest.
Awuor Ponge

Women have been grossly marginalized in organs of decision-making and governance structures. This study presents statistics and analyses qualitative data to explain the patterns. It explores the nature and extent of women’s political participation in Kenya and considers the role of education in increasing participation. The main objective is to determine the status of women within key political parties in Kenya. It is emerging that equality of access to and attainment of educational qualifications is necessary for more women to become agents of change. Increase of women presence in the key decision-making organs has not resulted into key influence within the party hierarchy and has not been seen to impact on party affairs and activities as this is still under the tight grip of men. It concludes that more gender equality in terms of participation in education has not resulted in more gender equality in the areas of political economy.

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