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I am humbled to be among the participants of ‘voices of our future 2013’. Thank you for the opportunity. I have gone through the week 1 reading materials and I know I am at the right place at the right time; it’s an opportunity of a life time; the information and global networking with likeminded people is awesome. Am excited to read and understand deeply about Web 2.0. I am now able to share my experiences and learn from others about theirs. Web 2.0 has made the world to become a real small village, being able to connected and interact with others who are over 6000 miles is real quantum leap. The participation bit of it is encouraging. For a long time, the media has been one sided with presenters being active and listeners being passive however with the advent of web 2.0 there is total overhaul. Feedback can be given instantly and in real time.
Web 2.0 has enhanced articulation of issues affecting women in different parts of the world. For instant in Kenya we have just concluded our 2013 general election in the new constitution however it’s sad to note that no woman was elected as a senator or governor and only 5.5% of them were elected as members of parliament. This is far compared to our Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda counterparts who have above 30% women representation in there parliaments. This forum is an important tool of understanding challenges that women face when vying for seats and possible solutions if not experiences from others.
I am happy that I will be using Web 2.0 tools in sharing experiences from my country, my people and what the girl child faces here, likewise it is the best forum to learn from others. On the other side it is important to put across that people who access this kind of media are below 10% in Kenya. All in all we will represent the voices of others for women empowerment and change starts with a few.

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Jambo. You are so right in that web 2.0 can bring women together from around the world to discuss the challenges and issues they face in their corners of the globe. Why do countries like Tanzania and Uganda have good representation in government of women yet Kenya still lags behind? What lessons can be learnt from your neighbours? How can women come together so their voices may be heard?

Change does start with a few and it is already starting with you. I look forward to reading more from you.

Ayunnie's picture

WOMEN IN POLITICS

Hi Janice
Jambo sana, Thank you for your complements and your insightful thought of looking beyond the face value why women attain or are unable to attain political positions. well from the training I conducted for Actionaid international 'STEP UP TRAINING FOR NOMINATED WOMEN' in Kenya, the campaign period was marred with intimidation for female candidates from their male counterparts and their supporters. but more critical was insufficient finance to cater for necessary logistics and other important tools and other resources for campaign. Even though the new constitution and especially in article 27 in the bill of rights, the constitution guarantees the full participation of women in leadership and decision making by requiring not more than 2/3rds of the same gender in elective and appointive positions. and every county must elect one woman representative. many miss interpreted this and kept telling women they have a specific seat which is for women rep. thus some women who tried vying for senatorial and gubernatorial seats were met with hostility and resentment. There is need for more civic education to the grass root.

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

Flavia Nyadoi's picture

Good abservation

Dear Ayunnie,
First I congratulate you on your country's behalf fora peaceful concluded election and the new president.
You observed so well the gender gaps in the Kenya's senate and parliament that portrays other sectors as well.
But glad that you are aware about that very few people access this media in your country, which I am hopefully or rather requesting that through you more will be able to access it as you share more of your stories with us.

We are counting on you,
Flavia

Ayunnie's picture

Women empowerment

Thank you Flavia, i do agree that to attain gender equity we need to voice the issues affecting women in all ways be it print media , radio, TVs, mouth to mouth or via new technologies of social media and the rest. ALUTA CONTINUA on women issues till we get there!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

kirantara's picture

Well said

Dear Ayunnie

Well said on the state of things now in Kenya. It is really useful to see the comparison to other neighbouring countries, and to see that the difference is so stark. I look forward to hearing what you think you can do to improve things! Please do share your personal experiences with us.

Kiran

Kiran

Ayunnie's picture

way forward

Thank you Kiran for taking your time to read my article. The Kenyan new constitution is the number 1 way of bringing gender parity if implemented to the letter. for instance article 27 in the bill of rights requires not more than 2/3rds of the same gender in elective and appointive positions. Article 81 (b) also calls for the electoral system to comply with the 2/3rds principle. The result of this is that all systems relating to leadership and the electoral process must comply with the constitution. Political parties must ensure in all their structures, they must comply with the not more than 2/3rds same gender principle. This is an obvious departure from what has been the norm. however it was later agreed by the supreme court that this will be progressive in terms of implementation. I wonder why?

Kiran, a major way of addressing the disparity is through civic education...we are doing this although more still needs to be done, especially to sensitize the grass-root women on importance of having a vote and of course contesting for a seat.

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

ayodele emefe's picture

Hello Ayunnie, indeed "change

Hello Ayunnie,

indeed "change starts with a few" and that is what empowerment, encouragement, positive response, improved way of life for women and most of all, attitudinal change requires. When everyone takes the backseat to watch events as they unfold, nobody speaks for the voiceless. But where somebody takes action, it motivates everybody to be at the forefront of change.

Thank you for sharing your story

Cheers,

Florence

"You are a champion and a hero. Do not think yourself any less"

Ayunnie's picture

Yes Change

Hi Flo
Thank you for your response.
Its up to us to keep the flame burning about women achievements and capabilities. likewise denouncing all the ills done to women like denial for leadership at all spheres, dehumanizing cultural practices; FGM, breast ironing, early marriages, domestic violence, sexual violence, school drop out to favour boy siblings, etc WE WILL KEEP ON KEEPING ON!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

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