What does Uraia Trust do?
Uraia works towards educating and empowering citizens through provision of quality civic education that enables them to realize their constitutional aspirations. We focus on entrenching constitutionalism, promoting free and fair elections and addressing the historical marginalization of women, youth, persons with disabilities, marginalized and minority groups.
What is Uraia’s the gender programme all about?
Enhancing women’s political participation in Kenya. This is undertaken by improving policies and legislative frameworks that affect women’s participation in governance.
What are different strategies for resource mobilization for women political aspirants?
- EMILY’s list (Early Money is Like Yeast) –savings dedicated to your campaign.
- Development of a campaign political budget.
- Identify target campaign contributors.
- Designing creative fund-raising strategies.
How can women strategically place themselves to get elected/ nominated?
- Involvement in community development initiatives.
- Registering and participating in political party affairs.
- Paying political party fees and applying for nomination on time.
- Actively participating in political party national, county and grass root mobilization and membership recruitment drive.
How can women aspirants seek legal redress in case of unfair nominations/ elections?
- Filling complaint with Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (Alternative Dispute Resolution).
- Filling complaint with IEBC.
- Filling a case with the courts.
How can women aspirants enhance their security during the campaign period?
- Employing a personal security team.
- Having the numbers of the relevant OCPD and OCS in your area of campaign.
- Working together with the police and administration police to ensure security during campaign.
What type of support does Uraia’s gender programme provide to women seeking elective/ nominative political leadership?
- Empowerment training to address social and cultural barriers that hinder women from participation and representation in elective political leadership.
- Equipping women with the necessary leadership skills to vie for elective and nominative political positions.
- Providing mentorship to women political aspirants.
Who can be trained under the project?
Level 1 trainings: targets all women who have shown interest to vie in Kenya’s general elections.
Level 2 trainings: targets women aspirants who have paid the various party registration and nomination fees.
How can women aspirants deal with the aftermath of elections?
- Win – Continuous party loyalty, provide leadership and uphold integrity (chapter 6 of CoK), keeping to the promises made to the electorate during the campaign trail.
- Fail – Must take time off to relax and reflect, plan their next steps, continue with community development as a build up to the next by/ general elections.
How can women aspirants deal with employers that force them to resign before the actual deadlines?
- Write a complain letter to central organization of trade unions (COTU).
- Take legal action against the employer.