GENDER BALANCE

Join politics and run for all seats, women urged

The ODM women's league president says no seat is a preserve of men.

In Summary
  • Syengo said Kenya has grown democratically and gone are the days when women were seen as lesser beings 
  • ODM team trains women aspirants in Kisii, has developed campaign handbook
ODM women's league president Betty Syengo with women aspirants and trainers of trainers after a one-day workshop in Kisii on November 19, 2021.
ODM women's league president Betty Syengo with women aspirants and trainers of trainers after a one-day workshop in Kisii on November 19, 2021.
Image: BENSON NYAGESIBA

ODM's Betty Syengo has urged women to contest in all elective posts in the next election.

The ODM women's league president said no seat is a preserve of men. 

Syengo said Kenya has grown democratically and gone are the days when women were seen as lesser beings. 

She promised women aspirants free and fair party nominations. 

Syengo spoke in Kisii on Friday during a one-day training for trainers of trainers and women aspirants.

“I am urging to come out in large numbers and contest for various seats,” she said.

“Our party is training women on skills to enable them to vie for seats and campaign to win them.” 

Syengo said ODM has developed a handbook for women aspirants in an effort to get as many of them elected to meet the one-third gender rule.

She was accompanied by her deputy Happy Gloria, Majoge Bassi ward representative Rosa Kemunto Orondo, nominated MCAs and aspirants.

The official urged women to elect ODM aspirants.  

“Our dream is to have a good number of women win elective and appointive positions. We are determined to empower them that is why we have a training manual to assist them,” Syengo said.

Kemunto, the only elected woman MCA in the county, urged women to run for election because they have the numbers.

She encouraged them to develop networks, which she said come in handy during campaigns. 

Syengo said campaign violence, negative cultural perceptions and lack of funds are some of the factors that scare women away from politics.

She urged residents to embrace women leadership and give them the opportunity to exploit their potential in governance. 

 

Edited by Josephine M. Mayuya