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Gender Debate in Kenya; a gain that should be encouraged

June 09 th.

 

This debate is significant because it will alter a long standing tradition and also affirm the same tradition. The tradition has been that the governance space was a “male sphere” and those who had eyes in the same had just to belong to that class or gender either by biology or association. In affirmation of the same tradition; we see a classic example in the clamor for positions to entrench such authority! Here is Kenya`s worst constitutional dilemma. Statistically, few women have been elected, nominated to our current national assembly and senate. This is in-spite –of the spirited numbers that thrust their force in the campaigns. The outcome was in vain. And this called for a progressive implementation of the 2/3rd gender principle.

Pegging performance appraisal on implementation of a constitutional provision has its merits and demerits. One is that this will be an outright unconstitutionality and a breach of the bill of rights. Proponents of this idea have selectively applied this approach against conventional wisdom of fairness, justice and equality. The second is that; there must be a level ground of play before taking the measurement e.g. resources, training, opportunities, status and access to services; which does not seem to be the case currently. Third is that performance criterion has to be deliberated on and agreed upon before its application.

Economic justification and development priorities require the involvement of all parties (Men and Women) to improve their nations. Rwanda is a best example which we can emulate. However their geopolitical status and history could be distinct from ours. For instance while the National Assembly of Rwanda is over 60% women representation; their Mps are not the highest paid nor large numbers as Kenya is currently.

We must rise to the moral occasion deliver on Kenya`s promise. Genuine public and stakeholder participation hold the key to would be remedy of this situation. We can only hope that any step we make brings us close to the realization of vision 2030 and to the well-being of human life.

 

Opinion article by Jacob Otachi Orina

NB: These are purely personal views and do not in any way reflect the position of the current employer or association

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