Title: Launch of the study on 5 socio-economic issues affecting Kenya ahead of the 2017 General Elections
Implementing the Constitutional Two-Thirds Gender Principle: The Cost of RepresentationInstitute of Economic Affairs
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Post Date: 08 May 2015
Gender equality is one of many protections guaranteed by the Constitution of Kenya. Article 27 recognizes that every person is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law, ensuring freedom from discrimination in very certain terms. Not only does Article 27 provide for protection against discrimination; it puts the full weight of the constitution behind initiatives aimed at the active promotion of the rights of marginalized groups and minorities, requiring the state to take legislative and other measures, including affirmative action programmes and policies designed to redress any disadvantage suffered by individuals or groups because of past discrimination. This includes those measures to implement the requirement that not more than two thirds of the members of elective and appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.