The underrepresentation of Kenyan women in matters of politics and governance necessitated the formulation of the two thirds gender principle to ensure that women have a say. Despite the introduction of the two thirds gender rule, Women Parliamentarians continue to be subjected to stereotypes, sexism and accusations of incompetence.
Mzalendo’s analysed their contributions to the Hansard for the March 2013 – June 2015 period to assess the value they bring to their constituencies, counties and the country as a whole.
|86 women parliamentarians||
||Plus a Senate Majority Chief Whip and Minority Deputy Chief Whip|
Joyce stood out in this region for vast contributions on a number of issues including the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines Bill, teacher shortages in Turkana, Mining, Equalization Fund, Corruption, Fishing micro finance loans and Youth employment. Special mention also goes to Fatuma Ibrahim and Maison Leshoomo on Kenya Police Reservists and cattle rustling challenge.
Amina was outstanding in relation to her contributions on The Water Bill, which she sponsored. Other issues she covered include judiciary budget estimates, poaching and wildlife conservation, and cabinet secretaries nominations. Sunjeev Birdi and Zuleikha Juma also made numerous contributions on garbage disposal, scrap metal, mining and election campaign financing.
Parliamentarians roles are not demarcated based on gender.