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Introducing myself and my journal: Women Empowerment

About Me:
Born in a rural environment in Kenya- East Africa, experienced gender discrimination at a very early age where girls education was extremely remote. However, through hard work and sheer luck I managed to go through school and was among the first women to join university from my village in the late 70s.

My career and work is on empowering women to realize their full potential and to always stand up and fight for their rights. Life in a patriarchal society can be a challenge for women. It is only through education and information that women can be empowered to be in charge of their lives and to be free from the social, economic and cultural chains that have dogged them for a long time.

I am currently a lecturer at a public university in Kenya and the Chairperson of Association of Media Women in Kenya.

My Passions:
To be a responsible leader and mentor

My Challenges:
Gender discrimination, lack of resources, patriachy, gender stereotypes

My Vision for the Future:
A just society where equity and equality is real

My Areas of Expertise:
Gender Communication, Research, eduacation, information and communication

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Hello friend, Welcome to

Hello friend,

Welcome to World Pulse online community! It is great to have you here. It is a platform where you can share, raise your voice, and change your community. I encourage you to explore the website since it has very many resources to harness. Be sure to build your online community of women from around the world. I am sure you will get to meet many women on World Pulse who are active in their community too.

I will be glad to hear more from you.

Regards

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Kenya has a geographical space of 583,000 square meters and estimated current population of 40 million according to 2009 census. Women constitute 50% of the total population though majority of them are illiterate and poor. A number of them are affected by traditions and customary laws and practice that have for a long time perpetuated their oppression.

After years of social, economic and political oppression, Kenya enacted a new constitution in August 2010. The document has been lauded as the best in Africa because it has increased the political space, increased participation of women and marginalized communities in the affairs of the country.

The 2010 constitution has brought in several gains that Kenyan women will enjoy. Some of the specific gains are;
• maintains a one third requirement for either gender in elective bodies giving women of Kenya at least 1/3 minimum in elective public bodies.
• Ensures that gender equality is maintained in political parties providing a basic requirement for political parties as amongst other to respect and promote gender equality.
• Provides that Parliament shall formulate law to promote the representation of women, persons of disabilities, ethnic and other minorities and marginalized communities in Parliament.
• Ensures that women and men will have the right to equal treatment and opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres without discrimination.
• Affords adequate and equal opportunities for appointment, training and advancement for women and men at all levels within the Public Service Commission.

Despite these provisions in constitution, women political participation in the March 2013 general election was very poor. Only 22 women were elected to Parliament which has 290 members. Women only managed to get the 47 women seats and others have been nominated. We have a long way to go to ensure the one third gender provision in the constitution. No woman was elected as a senator or governor.

Gender discrimination, retrogressive cultures and traditions and gender stereotypes are very real in Kenya and this calls for more action than legislation.

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