Expert Opinions Session: Role of Women in Politics, Governance, and Democracy (Part Two)

On 3 November 2022 from 5 Pm to 6:30 Pm EAT we hosted our 5th Session on analysis of 2022 Kenya General #Elections where we will focus on the role of Kenya #Women in #Politics, #Governance, and #Democracy. In this session, our main goal was to examine the engagement of women participation in politics, governance, democracy, and public spaces from just concluded 2022 Kenya General elections.

About Our Speakers

Speaker 1; Karen Mwalo has over 10 years of experience in print media, business operations and events management. She is the managing partner at Project House, and has successfully been the Team Lead on several big projects including international conferences, workshops and summits, music concerts and gala dinners. Karen is also a journalist and a former Features editor with The Star Newspaper in Kenya. Her team was feted every year at the CNN Awards for their exemplary and captivating stories on health, investigative exposes and human-interest features. In addition, Karen has been closely involved in media and communication roles during the last two Kenyan General Elections in 2017 and 2022.

Speaker 2; Dr Njoki Wamai is an Assistant Professor in the International Relations Department at Kenya's oldest private university United States International University-Africa. She was previously a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Politics and International Studies department at the University of Cambridge (POLIS). Her research interests include theory as a methodology to study transitional justice, politics of Africa, African feminisms and peacebuilding. Her research focus is on the political economy of global interventions in international organization’s including the ICC and women in politics. Her chapters and journal articles on Kenyan politics, youth and women peace and security have been published by Oxford University Press, Brill Year Book, Routledge.

Speaker 3; Elizabeth Maloba have over 20 years in supporting processes in cross-sectoral, trans-professional, multi-stakeholder settings that enable people to foster collaborative initiatives; and support shifts in processes, strategies, practices and systems. She have a strong experience in International Cooperation, Development Cooperation, and Private Sector and she have working across sectors (Agriculture, Health, Financial Services, Retail and Hospitality), with over 20 organizations (UNESCO, GIZ, UN Women, IFAD, Syngenta, African Heritage, Fila East Africa, Procasur, Nature Kenya, IREN, IHPMR, Ipsos-Synovate, Save the Children, Strathmore Business School among others) in over 30 states (including in fragile ones such as Somalia) on 4 continents (Africa, Europe, South America and America). Her work is in culturally diverse groups, from grassroots level to global platforms; to support the development of leadership, teams, policies, strategies, plans, and models that contribute to addressing sustainability challenges; in face-to-face as well as remote settings.About Virtual.

About Our Host, and Moderator; Harun Mwadena Muyesi is a social entrepreneur, SDG Champion and peacebuilding practitioner energized by the vision of inclusivity and enabling sustainable communities. Currently, he is one of the Top 35 under 35 and 2021 #YouthoftheYear from Kenya, awarded by Youth Agenda Kenya and Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs due to his transformational and impactful work. Currently he’s a founder of collaborative approach consultancy which is a new entity focusing on bringing together organizations, networks and young changemakers to co-create, develop resource sharing strategies and take collective action towards localization of sustainable development goals and addressing some pressing systematic inequalities.

About Weekly Conversation; On September 2022, we launched series of weekly conversations on analysis of 2022 Kenya General Elections with a goal to trigger virtual conversations on political narratives from inter - ethnic to inter - class, how Kenya’s electoral institutions managed the electoral processes, how civil societies promoted a less divisive political culture, and how the special groups were engaged. our main goals to host these sessions is to provide a platform to some key actors to share their best practices, experiences, and key lessons their learnt during the 2022 Kenya General Elections. Key findings will lead to the development of case study which will be used for knowledge and experience sharing.
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