Kenya New Constitution - Gender balance - A very big gain for Kenyan women

Composition: In the composition, appointment and terms of office, the new constitution says that the chairperson and vice-chairperson of a commission shall not be of the same gender.

In addition clause (8) says that the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.

Fida-Kenya’s executive director Grace Maingi welcomed the new constitution and described it as a “very big gain” for women and the first step towards affirmative action. “Finally, Kenyan women will be allowed to effectively participate in the decision-making of this country’s affairs,” she said.

Nominated MP Millie Odhiambo was also upbeat about the new constitution, pointing out that having no more than two-thirds of the same gender in all appointive and elective bodies will introduce women’s perspective.

-- Saturday Nation

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