Maendeleo ya Wanawake, Kisumu County Chapter has declared that it will be pushing for a 50-50 representation in the upcoming August 9, election.
Chapter Chair Caren Akech said women will not play a second fiddle, as has been the case before.
Speaking in Kisumu when she launched a training program on Climate Smart Agriculture, targeting women in the area, Ms Akech said women will nolonger be contented with the one third minimum requirement for representation.
“We do not want women to be used as a stepping stone to power and after that we are kicked out and nobody cares about us,” said Ms Akech.
She said Maendeleo ya Wanawake will play a critical role in vetting political aspirants, so as to understand what they have to offer.
“It is not just about Women Representative positions, but we are going to focus on all the elective positions,” she said, adding that; “We are equal partners in this and we will be pushing for a 50-50 sharing of elective positions.”
At least 25 women participated in the training on Climate Smart Agriculture which targets to transform food security.
According to Ms Akech, food production has dropped globally due to harsh impacts of Climate Change, hence training farmers on how to adapt is the key to food security.
“The number of women in farms exceed that of men, and that is why we want to empower them with the knowledge and skills which can enable them improve productivity through doing their farming differently,” she said.
The training was done in collaboration with Lilo Foods.