Are the 47 Women Reps really representing the female population or fighting male dominance in the society?


Women in Kenya are faced by so many challenges especially those who live in rural areas.

Those women suffer the consequences of so many atrocities perpetrated in the communities for example cattle rustling among pastoralist communities, natural disasters including droughts and flood, community rivalry and they are forced to leave their homes for fear of their lives.

Women are squandering around, their main priority is to get access to security, shelter, survival, food and water. In short searching for basic necessities for their livelihoods. Sadly they have become squatters in their own land.

The pleas are always broadcasted in all the renowned media houses, I am affirmative that 70% of the activists have watched the plight of those women. They have also witnessed the series of disastrous problems facing that hungry pregnant mother, breastfeeding mothers with malnourished children, the mother who travels for 128KM back and forth in the desert for antenatal clinic, the mothers and children who eat palm weeds as their only available food, and the mothers and children who succumb to hunger.

When the forty seven  women got a chance to challenge their male counterparts in the parliament as women representatives ,their primary mandate was to promote interests of women and the girl child, well it’s been five years now, have they lived up to it? They have the capability to advocate for that poor mother in Turkana, Dadaab and all the slums for a better living standards. These women representatives are seen on national television when it comes to condemning domestic violence.

Is their work all about fighting against male dominance in the society? I thought it entailed; helping, educating and eradicating poverty among the women.

Now! listen you (woman rep) who solely champions activism during domestic violence; go to those poverty stricken areas and make an impact on that poor Turkana woman who has not eaten for days, that refugee girl child who is in the verge of giving up (empower) that woman that would not get a chance to be aired, and those one million girls who do not go to school due to lack of sanitary pads. Do not base your activism on one agenda (domestic violence) on one individual to be precise, just to gain fame.

On 24th February 2017, Scophine Aoko Otieno, a writer at THE NAIROBIAN wrote; “I have nothing flattering to say for the so-called woman rep, not until she speaks for women in rural villages and slums”.
Her statement pioneered my article.

(By Maryan Hajir, Asal Media correspondent)

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