Women's participation in politics and electoral processes
Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) and in collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust (CRAWN-Trust), Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness (CREAW), and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), convened a one day round-table reflection forum on "Women's Political Dialogue: Kenya's 2017 Elections" on May 24th, 2017.
The overall goal of the round table was to reflect on the experiences of women politicians in the recently concluded party primary nominations of candidates that will vie for electoral positions in the August 2017 general elections. The forum also looked at how best to strategical support the increase of women's political participation in the coming elections, as well as putting in place early warning mechanisms, such as the 'Women Situation Room' and the Violence Against Women in Elections (VAWIE) hotline that would ensure that the elections are peaceful, and that there are stop gap measures to deal with any forms of electoral related violence.
The format of the round table discussions included presentations, sharing of experiences by some of the women political aspirants, as a well as a presentation by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on internal survey results of interviews conducted on a cross-section of 5,000 women who were engaged and trained to be involved in politics (why they decided to vie for office, or not; what were their experiences during the primary elections; what ways they want to continue to be involved).
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