Asiyo wants women to engage with equality provisions
Renowned politician Phoebe Asiyo has called for the development and adoption of a formula that leaves room for sustainable women representation.
Asiyo called upon women leaders and policy makers to start debate around Article 100 of the Constitution and come up with a formula for women representation before the 2017 General Election.
The Supreme Court pegged its ruling on the provisions of Article 100 in the Constitution which seeks to promote representation of marginalized groups.
The article promotes measures that may include education and providing incentives such as using the Political Parties’ Fund to reward parties that get women elected.
“Do not wait until we get to 2017 General Elections. Always push for the plight of women at the household level, in the countryside and especially the remote parts of our country. How will Turkana women benefit from the policy intervention and government programmes. How will they get involved and participate in development processes. These are urgent and critical concerns for the women of Kenya,” Asiyo noted.
She underscored the need to look at claw back policies and address the inconsistencies in rules and administrative frameworks that fail to ensure women enjoy what is rightfully theirs, including access to justice and economic empowerment.
Proponents of the gender rule feel that a legislation to actualise the two-thirds gender principle should, ideally, be ready by June 2014, to give ample time for lobbying, which is often the harder task.
Parliament has until 2015 to pass the legislation to actualise the two thirds principle. As things stand now, the legislature will be forced to shore up the numbers of either gender in the next election to ensure the threshold is met.
So far, there has been little or no direction on how the country will effect the two-thirds gender requirement for National Assembly and Senate, amid concerns that time is running out to adequately deliberate the issue within the given time frame.