Gender mainstreaming and women empowerment: a case of women’s political participation and representation in Kenya

Ali Mohamed, Habiba (2015) Gender mainstreaming and women empowerment: a case of women’s political participation and representation in Kenya. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Since the 1970s researchers and policymakers have examined the impact of development on women in developing countries and have aimed to create studies to address the problems of gender discrimination that exists in the development process and as a result, many studies have demonstrated the extent of gender discrimination in the area of development (Datta and Kornberg, 2002). Women continue to play a fundamental role in development regardless of their contributions in most cases being unnoticed and extremely disregarded in decision making and government structures.
    This research will endeavour to present a literature review and analyse data to explain the patterns and essence of gender mainstreaming and women empowerment in terms of political participation and representations of women in Kenya as arguably politics is still male domain and many women have found it unwelcoming or even hostile. On the other hand, women are often more likely than men to face practical barriers to entering politics including; lack of financial resources or even having greater family responsibilities. The main objective is to arbitrate women’s status in the Kenyan society as mainstreaming is a key factor for change. The arguments presented are backed by evidence drawn through a literature review and a semi structured interview conducted with women of great political insight in Kenya.
    Kenya officially known as the Republic of Kenya is a country in the African great lake region of East Africa. Situated on the equator and on Africa’s East Coast, Kenya has been described as ‘the cradle of humanity’ (BBC Africa, 2014). With a population of approximately 42.7 million people, Kenya is known as one of the most varied lands on earth in terms of its geography and its ethnic diversification (BBC, 2014). The study interviewed 4 women from different political backgrounds in the country and due to the nature of this research, confidentially and privacy has been taken into account.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 15:25
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 15:25
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17644

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