Kenyan women break electoral records, creating history.

 Kenyan women break electoral records, creating history.

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In a stride toward gender equality, Kenyans elected a record number of women to positions of authority in this month's elections, including seven governors, three senators, and 26 members of parliament.

Women have historically struggled to enter politics in the East African country, where men make up the vast majority of elected officials and female politicians are typically limited to one of Kenya's 47 women legislators.

However, the elections on August 9 were a milestone for female politicians.

For instance, Susan Kihika, Tabitha Karanja, and Liza Chelule were elected to eight positions in the populated Rift Valley town of Nakuru, including the governor, senator, and woman representative.

The second-largest brewery in Kenya, Keroche Breweries Ltd., is run by recently elected senator Karanja. She stated, now sit and watch and see what women can do in office.

"For being progressive and electing three women to the leadership of this county," Governor-elect Kihika praised Nakuru voters.

"Breached barriers"

All three of the women are members of William Ruto, the country's incoming president United’s Democratic Alliance party.

We honor the numerous women who have overcome obstacles to advance in politics. Happy beginning to your new obligations, "Ruto tweeted on Saturday as the results started to come in.

In Kenya, a new president as well as senators, governors, lawmakers, women representatives, and more than 1,500 county leaders were chosen by voters in six elections.

All of the presidential contenders, with the exception of Ruto, chose female running mates. Raila Odinga, Ruto's primary competitor, chose former justice minister Martha Karua to join his ticket.

Seven women were elected as governors, which is double their number in 2017.

In addition to Meru, where former woman's representative Kawira Mwangaza stood as an independent candidate and defeated her male opponents, they also seized the politically significant counties of Kirinyaga and Machakos.

Mwangaza stated I want to thank you for believing in me and in women leaders.

Meru will be the best county, I promise you because there will be sustainable development initiatives, she continued.

In addition, 26 out of 290 MP seats, three out of the 47 available Senate seats, and seven out of the 47 gubernatorial races were won by female candidates.

After being elected as a woman lawmaker in the Rift Valley County of Bomet, Linet Chepkorir, 24, made history as the youngest female politician in Kenya. She had just graduated from college.

The results marked the conclusion of a lengthy election campaign in which female candidates faced a flood of online harassment, including strong sexist language, gender stereotyping, and sexual solicitations.

Before the election, the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the International Federation for Human Rights issued warnings that such methods were "intentionally employed to prohibit women legislators or candidates from participating in active politics."

In a population of almost 50 million people, there were about 22.1 million registered voters. 8.8 million voters, or about 40% of all voters, are between the ages of 18 and 34, a decrease from the previous poll but still evidence of a strong youth vote.

However, commentators predict that the record victories would likely inspire more women to run for office and intensify the campaign for gender balance.

The 2010 Kenyan constitution stipulates that each gender must hold at least one-third of the seats in parliament.

However, succeeding legislatures and administrations have fallen short of the mark.

Male members have repeatedly thwarted attempts to adopt a law that would compel the dismissal of parliament if the one-third requirement is not satisfied.

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