Women voice their displeasure with electoral violence

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Women in Nairobi hold peaceful march protesting gender violence
Women in Nairobi hold peaceful march protesting gender violence

Women aspiring to vie for different seats from Nairobi county have condemned the recent cases of electoral violence in the country. Speaking during a march organized by stakeholders from the human rights and development sector, they said that as we approach the nominations of various parties electoral violence and other forms of violence may bar them from participating in the electoral processes.

“Electoral violence against ladies remains one of the biggest challenges faced by women aspirants and their supporters,” said Waithera Chege, who is eyeing the Nairobi County Women representative seat.

“Cases of violence will hinder us from fully competing and participating in the forthcoming party primaries and elections,” added Chege.

Susan Mwongera, who is the CEO of Youth Agenda, said that women aspirants and leaders will not condone any form of violence, especially during this campaign season.

“Exclusion of women and youth in electoral processes engineered through violence and intimidation must stop. Participation in the electoral processes is our right and not a privilege,” said Susan Mwongera.

A Kenya National Commission on Human Rights official said that they will monitor how the processes are conducted and urged Kenyans to uphold peace.

During the event, the aspirants welcomed a dedicated team of campaigners who have embarked on a 1500 km journey from Kwale to Moyale to campaign against violence.