By Pamela Wanambisi May 17, 2017
The Executive Director of the Association of Media Women in Kenya, Ms Marceline Nyambala, has lauded the increase in the number of women vying for elective positions in the forthcoming August 8, 2017 General Election as a step in the right direction, but said a lot more remains to be done.
Speaking recently at Oxfam offices in Nairobi during a media breakfast to evaluate the coverage of women aspirants, Ms Nyambala said political parties would have to nominate more women to boost their numbers.
From 17 political parties, Ms Nyambala said 316 women have been nominated for the positions of woman representatives, 10 for gubernatorial seats, 114 for Members of Parliament and 26 are in the race for Senate positions.
Oxfam’s Elizabeth Mueni wondered why women aspirants received less media coverage during the recently held parties’ primaries that were largely symbolic. The general view was that women leaders tend to confine themselves to feminine issues, which were overshadowed by those of national importance.
Women aspirants were advised not to shy away from the media but to recognise the importance of a communication team and set aside a budget for the same. They were also told that the media was vital in articulating their development agenda.