|Women Rights activist Wanjiku Catherine Irungu who is vying for the position of MP in Mathira Constituency|
Despite undeniable gains in terms of legal and institutional progress towards more women in decision-making in Kenya,pervasive structural factors still hinder or limit the full exercise of women’s political rights.This is mostly pronounced in the rural areas. This is reflected in cultural attitudes based on patriarchal models, gender stereotypes and traditional roles of men and women, deficiencies in women’s political and economic empowerment, as well.
To fill this gap,a group of grassroot women leaders in Mathira,Nyeri County have formed the Mathira Women’s Movement.The socio-political movement seeks to empower women in Mathira and then branch out to other counties around Kenya.Speaking at a civic education event in organised by the movement,Wanjiru Catherine Irungu,who will be vying for the Parliamentary seat of Mathira noted that rural women are way behind in terms of development and urged them to elect more leaders who are women to ensure that projects aiming at empowering them are initiated.
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