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Title:Kenyan Women and Electoral Processes: The Vagaries of the Long Road to Leadership
Author:Galloy, Martine ReneeISNI
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Equality and Liberation
Politics and Government
Status of Women
Political development
constitutional reform
Institutional framework
Abstract:The December 1992 first pluralistic elections in Kenya were a landmark in the country's history.They also marked the end of a time when 'feminism from the top' was common practice. With the new deal, women had to learn the hardships of competitive politics. Their poor participation in these elections yielded modest results, as only 2 out of 200 elected MPs were female. The context of buoyant protests and calls for constitutional reforms that shook Kenya in 1997 offered women an ideal framework for the December 1997 general elections, in which they could voice their specific demands. Women initiated and developed lobbying activities not only to inform the public, but also to seek support from international institutions. The League of Kenyan Women Voters, the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development, the National Council on the Status of Women (NCSW), the Kenyan Women Political Caucus, they all played a role in lobbying, training, campaigning etc. Although the election results were not too good for women, the women's movement should not have a sense of defeat as its limited victories were really a landmark in Kenyan women's political history. Notes, ref.