Only 96 women are elected MCAs in Kenya – TIFA poll reveals gender disparity in leadership
A paltry 96 female Members of County Assembly were elected in 2017 compared to 1,334 of their male counterparts, a new research released by TIFA on Monday showed.
This represents a seven per cent of the total MCA seats across the country.
Another 23 women were elected as Members of the National Assembly during the poll out of 290 vacancies that were up for grabs.
Some three women were elected to the Senate, governors (3) and deputy governors (7).
Majority of women are not elected despite research showing they are better in representing the poor and resisting corruption.
"Notably, men and women are considered to have equal abilities in financial management," TIFA research stated.
The new research revealed that lack of encouragement and support from communities are the major reasons why women are not elected.
Among those who were polled, 50 per cent cited communities as the major stumbling block to women leadership.
Some 39 per cent of the respondents said women do not have the financial support necessary to stand for election.
Another 34 per cent cited lack of confidence among women.
"The two lowest-ranked reasons were lack of experience and lack of education.
"Some 50 per cent of respondents said that lack of educational qualifications was not a factor explaining women’s lower participation as candidates in elections," the research firm stated.
TIFA carried out the research in all 47 counties