Women MPs seek support on gender bill

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Women lawmakers have stepped up their lobbying and are  expressing confidence that the National Assembly will unanimously vote to pass the two thirds gender bill.

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Kenya Women Parliamentarians Chairperson Purity Ngirici says there is need to demystify the notion that the push for gender parity is only aimed at creating special seats for women in Parliament.

Women legislators are combing all corners to lobby for the two thirds gender bill that will be debated in parliament this week.

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The bill has been so elusive that even a court order has been unable to compel Parliament to adopt it.

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The new bill by Majority leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale proposes to amend articles 97 and 98 of the constitution to ensure that both houses of Parliament comply with the two thirds gender principle that special seats are allocated proportionate seats won by a political party.

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On Monday the National Gender Equality Commission and women lawmakers called on the media to demystify what they termed as skewed narrative that the bill is only meant to create more seats for women.

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The bill which is set for debate in the National Assembly Tuesday comes amid debate over whether Kenyans can bear the cost of increased representation.

Having failed to sail through the 11th Parliament female lawmakers are expressing confidence that the 12th Parliament will be magnanimous and adopt it but it will require 233 MPs to endorse it.

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