In the month of January, Uraia’s gender programme “Enhancing the Political Capacities of women Leadership in Kenya” undertook mass gender sensitization forums in West Pokot, Turkana and Baringo Counties. 495 men, 856 women, 369 youth men and 438 youth female were reached. Community members were able to understand the need for electing women into political positions and purposed to support women who have offered themselves to vie in the 2017 general elections. Women aspirant have also been fronted by opinion leaders in the community and given a platform to undertake their campaign in community gatherings. Four women, one of them being Mrs Susan Chebii, were appointed as members the livestock committee at Kiboino in Baringo County. 1

Mr. Lorwakin, village elder from Kasei, Kacheliba Constituency, educating the men on the importance of giving women opportunities to participate in leadership position in the community 

Trainings were also conducted on political leadership skills targeting women political aspirants. The trainings aimed at equipping women aspirants with knowledge and skills to prepare them for elective political office in the 2017 general elections. The main focus during the trainings was on how to conduct an effective campaign, leadership and integrity and enhancing capacity and confidence of the woman aspirant to engage with IEBC, political parties and the voter during the 2017 general elections. Twenty eight women aspirants were trained in both West Pokot and Baringo Counties while twenty nine women were trained in Nyamira County.

The training strengthened the women’s capacity which can be seen through Baringo women aspirants who came together to release a press statement condemning insecurity issues that have been ongoing in Baringo County. In the press statement they also highlighted issues on drought that have affected most parts of Baringo County.

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 Sally Burer, Project Officer CIFODE facilitating on party primaries during the Women Political Empowerment Training in Baringo County