Fund created to encourage women vie for elective seats

Women leader meeting at Bomas of Kenya Nairobi during a past meeting. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA.

Mombasa, KENYA: As the world marks International Women’s day, Kenya Women Holdings {KWH}, has decided to work with women who aspire to vie for elective sits in the next elections.

KWH CEO Dr. Jennifer Riria, says most women are left out in elective posts during elections because of lack of funds.

The special fund named Democracy Fund, is aimed at encouraging women to start saving prior to an election, which thereafter they can withdraw and use the money in their political activities like campaigns.

“KWH has decided to work with women who are looking for leadership. They will be saving money, and use that savings for their political activities”, said Dr. Jennifer.

Democracy fund will also focus on other women groups including church groups, social groups and in other organizations.

Dr. Jennifer added that the fund will also be used to organize capacity building, training on the leadership of women for all the counties.

Jennifer added that they have decided to come up with such a fund because they have realized that even though the constitution has given an opportunity for women in leadership that is yet to be achieved.

“The constitution has given an opportunity but in Kenya, we are yet to achieve that, so we have taken this initiative at least to see more women in leadership”, added Jennifer.

She was speaking in Mombasa during a women training on economic empowerment, democracy and leadership.

This year’s campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #PressForprogress.