Commission maintains two thirds gender principle must reign

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Commissioner Dr. Florence Wachira

The National Gender and Equality Commission maintains that the two thirds gender principle must reign supreme in all public service appointments.

The Commission says the on-going recruitment in both national and county governments should adhere to the gender principle.

” We wish to take this early opportunity to appeal to the appointing authorities and those responsible for vetting proposed holders of Public office including Senior government officers, Parastatal heads, County Executive Committee members, Chief Officers, Senior county government officers among others to uphold equality and inclusion principles enumerated in the Constitution and in various pieces of legislation specifically: Article 10, Article 27, Article 54 (2), Article 55 (b), Article 56 (a) and the County Governments Act, 2012 section 65(e) to ensure that appointments comply with the not more than two-thirds gender principle at all levels.”

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The commission further calls for a fair representation of the youth, minority and marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities(PWDs) where fair competition and merit fails to bring desired result.

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The Commission called upon all special interest groups (Women, Youth, PWDs, Minority and marginalized communities) to take special interest on the opportunities available across the Public Sector and express this interest by applying for advertised positions.

“The Commission shall continue to monitor the integration of the principles of equality and inclusion in all spheres of life in line with its mandate.”

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However, women in some communities shy away from certain positions due to culture. Speaking after unveiling the 27 chief officers in Garissa County, Governor Ali Korane said clans were not willing to front women as their representatives in the county government.

Korane cited discrimination against women as the major contributor to the low number of female folk taking up appointments in the county.

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