Community Advocacy and Awareness (CRAWN) in partnership with Uraia Trust convened a Score Card Launch meeting on 27th of June 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel. In attendance where both state and non-state actors comprising African Women and Child, Women Empowerment Link, Youth Alive Kenya, Faith Movement for Gender Justice, The National Gender and Equality Commission, Federation of Women Lawyers among others.
The main purpose of the meeting was to launch a Scorecard Report on implementation of the not more than two thirds gender principle. The report looked into the implementation of the principle by duty bearers in appointments as well as in putting into place the required legislations and policies to ensure the actualization of the constitutional provision. From the findings of the report it emerged in general, that as a nation we are yet to comprehensively implement the constitutional requirement on gender inclusivity. As it stands, the current parliament has 19.6% women which is below the 33% threshold. This number goes down when we fragment the composition into elective and non-elective positions .Out of the 290 elective positions, only 16 women are directly elected yet the Constitution is clear that whether the posts are elective or appointive, it is illegal for one gender to take up more than two thirds of the total composition. To mitigate this default the report made a number of recommendations among being the semblance of the quotas in setting aside certain seats specially for women ought to be made more robust. For instance, political parties ought to be required to make provision in their constitutions for ensuring that a third of their aspirants or more are women. This is not during party primaries but in the lists that are forwarded to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission. The consequence of this is that there will be increased chances of women making it into elective position.
In conclusion, there is an immense need to have political will if the two thirds principle is to be implemented effectively. However, the starting point will be the enactment of legislation that specifically seeks to implement the rule.