Mombasa, KENYA: Women aspirants for elective positions in the coming general elections, this week participated in a training on media use an effective campaign skills.
The training that was organised by a non-governmental Media Focus on Africa, is aimed at helping them become more visible and sellable in the 2017 general elections.
The campaign which is also in conjunction with FIDA Kenya with the support of the European Union, aims to increase gender equality in elected posts in next year’s elections.
Speaking in Mombasa during the training, Media Focus on Africa project Officer Frenny Jowi, said they started this campaign after realizing that the two thirds gender rule as required by the constitution, is yet to be implemented.
“The aim of this project is promoting women in leadership and ensuring that Kenyan women are able to present themselves as leaders who can be elected by people. The training also focuses on confidence and legal matters so that women can present themselves as leaders,” said Frenny.
The training focuses on counties which have experienced exclusion of women from vying for elective posts like Mombasa, West Pokot, Transzoia, Nandi, Narok, Kajiado and Nyandarua counties.
“We did a research and realized that these counties have very few nominated women, so we are encouraging women to come out and get elected”, added Frenny.
Elizabeth Kadzo, one of the women who has expressed her interest in the Mombasa county women representative seat, says she is ready to battle for it.
She says after receiving the training her confidence has increased and she is optimistic that she will emerge a winner.
“I am ready to vie for the seat, because I have a passion in serving the community, and there is no difference between me and a man, so am ready to get into this political field” said Elizabeth.
The round table training also was attended by the current serving women in politics, in Mombasa County.