Written by Shillah Mwadosho
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Former Chairperson of Maendeleo ya Wanawake Ms. Zipporah Kittony has challenged women to unite and support their fellow political aspirants.
She termed the new constitution as a gateway to the “political re-awakening” of women to liberate themselves from having their interests represented by those of the male gender.
The former chairperson encouraged women to sensitize themselves on matters of leadership and elections so that they support a competent woman leader that would champion their rights.
Kittony who was speaking on Wednesday during a media training workshop on reporting on women issues that was facilitated by Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) said that women should know that the current political environment was favoring them.
During the workshop held in Eden Springs hotel in Kapsabet, She said, “the law of at least one third gender representations would only be realized if women would actively involve themselves in ensuring that they elect competent women leaders.”
She further said that the party rule of not more than two thirds gender rule had opened several avenues for women to vie to several leadership positions.
Kittony expressed dissatisfaction at the way women seemed reluctant to make public their leadership ambitions saying that it gives a wrong impression of women in the society.
She challenged those aspiring for positions to make use of the media in making their voices heard and their impact be felt in the society.
“It should be remembered that women issues are human issues. There is no reason to trivialize women when we have had good leaders in our country,” she said.
Kittony was accompanied by CMD facilitators of the function who urged journalists to consider women in their reporting. Among the women who attended the workshop include Mrs. Sarah Kosgey chairlady maendeleo ya wanawake Nandi Central District and Mrs. Rhoda Tarus an aspirant of MP Mosop constituency
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