Kenya

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Speaker

Speaker
Kenneth Makelo Lusaka (Male)
Year of birth
1963

Secretary general

Secretary General
Jeremiah M. Nyegenye (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
47
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
21
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
30.88% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
51.22
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Mercy Chebeni (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
79
Oldest member
Samson Ongeri (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
47
Total per sex
Total of male
47 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
21 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
1 See historical data for this field.
31-40
13 See historical data for this field.
41-45
7
46-50
17 See historical data for this field.
51-60
15 See historical data for this field.
61-70
11 See historical data for this field.
71-80
2 See historical data for this field.
81-90
2 See historical data for this field.
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 1 13 7 17 15 11 2 2 0
Total <= 45: 21 Total >= 46: 47
Male 0 0 10 4 9 11 10 2 1 0 47
Female 0 1 3 3 8 4 1 0 1 0 21
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger1.47%0%1.47%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger20.59%14.71%5.88%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger30.88%20.59%10.29%

Reserved seats and quotas

Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
16
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
The Constitution provides that the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that no more than two thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1963
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1969

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA)
(January 2001)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
Notes
KEWOPA was formed in 2001, but registered in October 2007.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
KEWOPA subscribes to the belief that women -- just like men -- have equal rights to participate in all aspects of the governance of Kenya, and are therefore is committed to ensuring that the country’s policy and legislative frameworks redress gender disparities and other injustices that undermine sustainable development.

KEWOPA has in the past achieved a myriad of milestones attributed to its' core functions – legislation, representation, and oversight including:
• Gender mainstreamed into the 2008 and 2012 Standing Orders of Parliament
• Advocated and lobbied for the enactment of key family laws, such as, the 2013 Matrimonial Properties Act , the 2014 Marriage Act, and Protection Against Domestic Violence Act
• Contributed to the drafting of and enactment of the 2010 Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act
• Developed Gender Responsive Budgeting Guidelines for the Kenyan Parliament
• Continuously advocated for the Two-Thirds Gender Bill in the 11th and 12th Parliaments that will realise the two thirds principle as is required by the Constitution of Kenya
• Contributed towards the realisation of other key legislation including: Access to Information Act, Victim Protection Act, Reproductive HealthCare Bill, Food Security Bill
• Mentored over 500 young women leaders and Women Members of County Assemblies
• Spearheaded the formation of women caucuses in the counties
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Harambee Sacco Plaza, 8th Floor
P.O. Box 41842
Nairobi
00100
Kenya
Phone
+254-798335789