Despite constituting over half of the population, the presence of women in key state organs in Kenya is minimal. A peep at the government minis-tries, the courts, parliament and other state organs reveals this sad reality. Kenya has about 42 ministers and of these only six are women. At the Judiciary, things are shaping up after domination by men for a long time. It was a score for women after Lady Justice Nancy Baraza was appointed the Deputy Chief Justice while former nominated MP Njoki Ndung’u got a slot the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. Before this, there were 11 judges at the Court of Appeal with no women after the only female judge- Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch took up an elective post at The Hague. At the High Court, there are 29 male j udges and 18 female judges. There are 181 male magistrates compared to 118 female counterparts, and 18 kadhis with no females.

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