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Did you know that women in Rwanda now top the world rankings of women in national parliaments, with 49 per cent of representation compared to a world average of 15.1 per cent. Rwandan women suffered death, humiliation, persecution and sexual abuse during a 100-day massacre that left more than 800,000 people dead.
As the country undergoes a period of reconstruction, women are taking an active role. They not only head about a third of all households, but have also taken up many jobs that were formerly the preserve of men, as in construction and mechanics.
Why am I interested in this topic?
Because women have had enough of the way politics are being conducted in Africa. More women are now getting involved with politics such as Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria and now Kenya.
Unfortunately we as African women are still a long way in accepting our own to be politicians, women politicians are not taken seriously because we believe they cannot perfom on the same level as men! We need to change our attitudes.
I met such a lady who visited UK to tell us her vision about Kenya in 2012. Her name is Ms Martha Karua who is vying for presidental election, for the few moments that I listened to her speech, to talking with her on a personal level, I put my trust in her that she can deliver given the chance. Kenya may still be a long way in accepting a woman president but she will be a pioneer, and I do wish her luck in her campaign.
I believe that if women are fully involved in politics there will be benefits to be gained as women tend to concentrate on the social aspect of life, health, education, fair Justice, transparency in decision making and investments, if this are met, then the rest will follow smoothly.
We have already spoken about Wangari Maathai in Women Heroes blog the nobel prize winner for the Environment and also a member of Parliament in Kenya. She is a woman not be messed around, but am sure it was not easy for her to get where she is now.
Martha Wangari Karua is a Kenyan politician. She is a Member of Parliament and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She was Minister of Justice until resigning from that position in April 2009.
She has been a leading crusader for the widening of democratic space and gender issues in Kenya. She has been involved in championing women’s rights through public interest litigation, lobbying and advocacy for laws that enhance and protect women’s rights through her work with various women’s organizations, particularly the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya) and the League of Kenya Women Voters.
For the few moments I spoke to her, she inspired me.
I look forward to hearing your views on African Women and Politics!
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