Stop the sexual harassment of female leaders
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Nimrod Mbai was recently elected as the Member of Parliament for Kitui East. Recently, a video clib emerged on social media in which the Honourable (arguable) MP that the recently elected Governor Charity Ngilu should be raped in her office if she does not drop her hard stance against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election. Further attempts have been made to malign her name by attempting to justify rape threats against a pioneer female governor.
Gender based violence and threats of the same have been used to deter women leaders and those vying for political leadership since time immemorial. Indeed, sexual harassment has been used as scare tactics and tools against women in political leadership with the hope of derailing/stalling their political journey.
This is a clear demonstration of electoral gender based violence emitted against women. It confirms some of the forms of intimidation that women are taken through when they come out to vie for political positions and/or strive to maintain public positions. Further, such like utterances make it difficult for Kenya to achieve the 2/3 gender principle.
It is indeed a shame that we do not have more leaders, women leaders included, condemning this sad display of patriarchy. We have made great strides towards women’s inclusion in government as a country. Sentiments like these must not take us back. We must be courageous enough to call out and take action against all forms of sexism. We call on the good people of Kitui East demand for accountability
We demand that action be taken against the Member of Parliament. We call for the following:
1. That his party takes disciplinary action against Kitui East MP and holds him accountable for his lewd sentiments.
2. That the honourable MP retracts his statement and issues an apology to Governor Charity Ngilu.
3. That the National Gender and Equality Commission makes a statement condemning the sentiments of Honorable Mbai.
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