BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,8TH MARCH 20167-As the world marks the international women’s day, women empowerment in Kenya is still far from been achieved.
According to the survey done by the research firm Afro-barometer in conjunction with institute for development studies at the university of Nairobi, women are still been subjected to social ills such as discrimination and harassment. The survey findings reveal that 15% of women have suffered discrimination or harassment based on gender in the past years.
Wife beating is still rampant in many families at 78%, while nine out ten Kenyans said that nowadays girls are getting same educational opportunities as boys. The survey also found out that 73% of Kenyans feel that women should be given equal chance as men to be politically elected. Further the survey say many work places remain predominantly men occupied. While women do not have a voice to make important decisions in life on issues such as inheritance.
Elsewhere Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has called for concerted efforts in the country to empower women in order to maximize their potential.Speaking at the 4th devolution conference in Naivasha Nakuru county on Wednesday,Kalonzo regretted tha national assembly had failed in passing the two thirds gender rule even when such a motion was presented before the floor of parliament.Kalonzo says if women will realized their full potential all must play their role.