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Women challenged to seek elective positions

‘UN Women’ have embarked on a campaign to help women aspiring for various leadership positions, to break cultural barriers that have denied them from clinching elective positions.

The Body organized a forum that brought together women and men who are keen to ensure women are represented in the elective seats in Lodwar.

‘UN Women’ champions gender equality and seeks to ensure that women’s and girl’s rights are upheld, to ensure they realize their full potential.

‘UN Women’ member, Lucy Mathenge, said the Organization has funded a number of organizations, including Kenya Women Parliamentary Group Association, to help break the cultural barriers in preparation for the upcoming elections.

“We want to make sure that the ground is conducive for women to participate in leadership and decision making,” she said. She underscored the Organization’s commitment to having more women in leadership positions.

“We also listened to women to see whether there are areas where we can improve and have a difference in 2022,” she said

Turkana County nominated Member of the County Assembly (MCA), Zainabu Lokaale, said women politicians are strategizing to face-off with the men, during the forthcoming 2022 General Elections.

Lokaale said women will go for all elective seats and unlike in the past, where they have shied away from some seats such as that of gubernatorial and the senate.

“My appeal is to every woman, wherever she is, to vote for a female candidate in 2022,” said Lokaale.

She hailed KEWOPA for helping unite women and advocating for their rights especially in political representation.

By Peter Gitonga

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