Women MPs don white headscarfs in parliament

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Women parliamentarians have staged a silent demonstration in parliament to champion the implementation of the two thirds Gender Rule.

The female parliamentarians donned white headscarves in the silent demonstrations in parliament today.

The ladies arrived in parliament at about 2.30PM shortly after house proceedings had started.

The move saw male MPs raise concerns with House Majority Leader claiming that they felt intimidated.

According to the women, the headscarves will be part of their attire until the two thirds gender rule is implemented.

Article 81 states that the electoral system shall comply with the principle that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender.

Article 27 obligate the government to develop and pass policies and laws, including affirmative action programmes and policies, to address past discrimination.

The two-thirds gender rule would institutionalise increased participation for women in decision making; without them in these positions, there will be no true development in Kenya.

 

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