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date: 02 June 2020

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Gender mainstreaming (GM) and equality vary across nations in terms of both official commitments or policies and everyday realities. This chapter examines the experience of GM in Kenya since the United Nations Third World Conference was held in Nairobi in 1985. The chapter highlights how Kenya is fully committed to GM and equality on paper—as demonstrated in the embedding of various provisions in the country’s Constitution, policies, regulations, and programs—but how serious deficits continue to plague gender relations. In so doing, the chapter highlights the practical and inherent shortcomings of GM and calls for greater attention to be given to issues of political inclusion and socio-cultural attitudes if the country is ever to approach gender equality.

Keywords: gender, gender mainstreaming, equality, representation, politics

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