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Women on the Move- Kisumu MCAs Profile


Since the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in 2010, more women have been elected and nominated to national and county level leadership positions. However, amid these developments, women aspiring for leadership and decision-making positions continue to face great barriers, a factor that has hindered achievement of equitable gender representation.

This has necessitated more efforts towards empowering and supporting women to participate in politics and governance at the local and national levels.

Since the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in 2010, more women have been elected and nominated to national and county level leadership positions. However, amid these developments, women aspiring for leadership and decision-making positions continue to face great barriers, a factor that has hindered achievement of equitable gender representation.

This has necessitated more efforts towards empowering and supporting women to participate in politics and governance at the local and national levels.In an effort to inspire and encourage more women to go for leadership positions, we celebrate women who have braved all odds to make it in politics by documenting their journey to leadership. This is publication profile Kisumu Members of County Assembly as is one of the Counties that has the highest number of elected female MCAs under the new Constitution.

The Assembly is also the first in Kenya to have an all-women duo of Speaker  and Deputy Speaker. The minority whip is also a woman. The County has also been recognised as the most balanced assembly, with 19 female and 30 male Members of the County Assembly, thus meeting the two-thirds maximum threshold of either gender to elective and appointive offices, as stipulated in the Constitution.

We hope that this publication will not only help enhance the participation of Kenyan women in political and public life, but also contribute towards eliminating barriers that continue to hamper women’s success in all fields. We anticipate that the political achievements of elected and nominated female MCAs against all odds will serve to demonstrate that women can do as well as men if given an opportunity to lead. We also hope the stories and experiences of the MCAs will inspire more women to take up leadership and change the long held perception among some electorate that politics is a preserve of men.

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