Women leaders rally support in 2/3 gender bill

Women parliamentarians are pleading with their male counterparts in the August   House to be magnanimous and adopt the gender bill on Wednesday.

Speaking during the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign the leaders claim the implementation of the two thirds gender rule will help eradicate discrimination of women and take the fight against gender violence to the next level.

They had converged in Nairobi bracing the chilly Sunday morning with a mission to sensitize the nation of the now worrying cases of gender based violence.

The legislators are crossing their fingers that the male dominated parliament would not let them down.

The leaders used the platform to call on women to end the silence and come out to stop the gender violence.

The lobbying extended the every forum attended by the women leaders with some warning that the writings were on the wall for the 12th parliament should it fail to accomplish the task.

The gender bill proposes to amend articles 97 and 98 of the constitution to ensure that both houses of Parliament comply with the two thirds gender principle.

Elsewhere, Jomvu Member of Parliament Badi Twalib has issued a rallying call to his fellow lawmakers to support the two thirds gender bill.

The legislator says the bill which will be put to vote on Wednesday presents the National Assembly with an opportunity to finally ensure that women are adequately represented in Parliament.

The bill proposes to amend articles 97 and 98 of the constitution to ensure that both houses of Parliament comply with the two thirds gender principle.

The bill which requires 233 votes to sail to the third reading has divided opinion as it fails to provide a formula for nomination of MPs to Parliament.

However a section of lawmakers are adamant that the elusive bill meets the threshold required to conform to the two thirds gender principle provided for in article 81(b) of the constitution.

Gender Affairs Principle Secretary Rachael Shebesh says the bill will present women with more opportunities as envisaged in the constitution.

A number of male lawmakers have poked holes on the amendment saying it may be exposed to abuse by political parties should it be enacted into law.

  

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