Women politicians suffer political intimidations

Women seeking various political positions face discrimination and intimidation by their male counterparts, a local non-governmental organization, Women and Youths Association (WAY) has said.

Speaking in Nairobi Thursday, WAY Chief Executive Officer Ms. Susan Mangera said that women were being intimidated and insulted in the ongoing political campaigns as the country heads towards the August 8 General Elections.

Men don’t give women aspirants space to sell their agenda to the public. We urge them to respect and accept women the way they are despite their weakness, she said.

Mangera noted that some of the acts of intimidation include; destruction of campaign materials, mounting their posters above those of women aspirants while some opponents pull down advertisements of female aspirants, especially in Nairobi County.

She cited archaic traditional and cultural believes, like leadership was a male domain coupled by government’s noncompliance with the constitutional two thirds gender rule as some of the glaring discriminatory cases.

Out of 89 women vying for various seats in Nairobi County, only 13 were nominated during political parties’ primaries, representing nine percent, she said.

She chided the media for allegedly giving prominence to male contenders at the expense of their female counterparts’ almost total news blackout.

They only cover prominent women who have high ranks in government and have been in politics for long. New comers into the game are not recognized and media has no time for them, lamented Mangera.

Source: Kenya News Agency