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For Female Candidates, Kenya Elections Is A Dangerous Game

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Kenya, Aug 07 (ANI): Ahead of Kenya national elections, women candidates are on risk of facing violence, intimidation and general sexism in the race. Sarah Korere, a forty-year-old lady, who's been shot, slapped and called traitor and a prostitute which is typical for women politicians in Kenya. Kenya has struggled to integrate women into politics even as neighboring countries in east Africa surged ahead. For instance in Uganda and Tanzania over a third of lawmakers are women. In Rwanda they're even a majority. Kenya has the same proportion as Saudi Arabia. They didn't even outlaw domestic violence until two years ago. The forced representation also has drawbacks in terms of funding. Fully elected lawmakers are usually allowed $600,000 for projects in their home districts but women in those reserved seats see only a fraction of about 12 percent only.

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