The Women Kingmakers
Badili Africa conducted a study in Nairobi County, focusing on women political mobilizers (WPMs) in informal settlements. The study revealed that WPMs face various forms of gender-based violence, including physical, psychological, sexual, and socio-cultural violence. Unfortunately, these cases are not classified as gender-based violence by government agencies/duty barriers, and WPMs often fear reporting due to assumptions that politics is inherently violent. While the Constitution of Kenya mandates political parties to promote gender equality and equity, they lack a formal GBV reporting mechanism. The study recommends more women representation in party hierarchies, support for women aspirants and WPMs, forming a federation for better support, and empowering WPMs through skill-building programs. This research sheds light on WPMs’ challenges and emphasizes the importance of creating a safer and more inclusive political environment for women in Kenya.