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WOMEN ASPIRANTS CONDEMN GROWING CASES OF ELECTORAL VIOLENCE

Press Release

‘For Immediate Release’
                                          
7th April 2017

WOMEN ASPIRANTS CONDEMN GROWING CASES OF ELECTORAL VIOLENCE
Over 300 women aspirants from Nairobi County have today strongly condemned the recent cases of
electoral violence in the country. Speaking at a march organised by stakeholders from the human
rights and development sector, women leaders decried that electoral and other forms of violence
may escalate and deter women and youth from participating in the upcoming political parties
nominations slated for later this month.
“We are seeing a dangerous wave of electoral and other forms of violence. This, if not addressed,
could jeopardise women and youth participation in the electoral processes. This is a critical year in
our democracy. We must uphold peace and condemn all forms of violence, said Kagwiria Mbogori,
the Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
“Electoral violence against women remains one of the biggest challenges faced by women aspirants
and their supporters. Cases of violence will hinder women from fully competing and participating in
the forthcoming party primaries and indeed elections,” said Waithera Chege, an aspirant for the
Member of County Assembly, Nairobi South Ward.
“Exclusion of women and youth in electoral processes engineered through violence and intimidation
must stop. Participation in electoral processes is a right not a privilege. Women aspirants and
leaders will not condone any form of violence especially during this campaign season,” said Susan
Mwongera, the CEO of Youth Agenda.
During the event, women aspirants welcomed a dedicated team of campaigners that have embarked
on a 1,500km gruelling never-tried before walk from Kwale to Moyale to campaign against violence
under an initiative dubbed ‘Zero Violence 254.’ The initiative is driven by Ripples International, a
nonprofit organisation and supported by FIDA, OXFAM, Youth Agenda, Kenya National Commission
on Human Rights (KNCHR) and the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC).
According to Ripples International CEO Mercy Chidi-Baidoo, the walkers led by the lead walker John
Burke are covering 40 kilometres per day and stretching themselves to feel the pain that victims of
violence endure.
The women aspirants on the other hand are organised through the leadership of Youth Agenda,
Oxfam-Kenya, FIDA-Kenya under an initiative dubbed #VoteADada .

For more information, please visit www.zeroviolence254.org @zeroviolence254 and
@voteDada on Twitter.
For Press Contacts: Simon Wachira on simon@thinkout.co.ke ; 0720322264 and Mildred on
0725748572

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