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Men still dominate Uganda’s party politics – women’s participation is mostly cosmetic

Men still dominate Uganda’s party politics – women’s participation is mostly cosmetic

ELECTORAL gender quotas in Uganda – first introduced in 1989 – have increased women’s numbers in Uganda’s parliament to 34%. Today there are 189 women out of 557 members of parliament. But women politicians in Uganda continue to be restricted to minority representation. They are constantly battling stereotypes that seek to maintain the status quo of male dominance in political spaces. The electorate has additionally grown accustomed to believing that since women have seats reserved for them, they should stay out of the race for open seats. One of the reasons for this continued marginalisation is that the country’s political…
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Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse

Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse

NITA BHALLA WHEN Kenyan politician Esther Passaris posted a loving tribute to her late father on Twitter, trolls responded with a barrage of abuse over an accompanying "sexualised" photograph of the 57-year-old in a black kaftan walking alone on a white sandy beach. "Papou ... as you traverse the high seas, know that I will forever be your baby girl, #RIPDad," wrote Passaris, who represents Nairobi County, next to the contemplative image in which the sea breeze had slightly exposed one thigh. One user reposted a magnified photo of her thigh and begged her to give men "a chance", while another accused…
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