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Kenya needs investment in women leaders
Kenya’s constitution states that at least one third of elected bodies should be made up of women. This is important because research indicates that when governments have 30% female representation they are more likely to enact policies that promote equality in the workplace.
However, women hold less than a quarter of seats in government. Perception matters. Both women and men have significant prejudice against women’s suitability for leadership, according to the Reykjavik Index for Leadership.
The Index was established to quantify levels of comfort in society with the prospect of female leadership. Kenya’s score is 53. (A score of 100 indicates complete agreement that men and women are equally suited to leadership.) Kenyan women earn 32% less than men.
Kenyan women earn 32% less than men.
The scores for the younger age groups are higher in Kenya, both men and women aged 18-34 are more likely than those in the older age bracket (55-65) to think that men and women are equally suitable to lead. Investment in women like Chebet Lasan is important because BrightGreen Energy is addressing sustainability challenges in Kenya. Chebet Lasan demonstrates with her work the importance of policies that invest in women leaders.