International Journal of Modern Science and Technology, 1(6), 2016, Pages 193-198.
Assessment of Women’s Mobility in Public Space on Their Decision-Making Roles in the Community among the Njemps in Baringo County – Kenya
Gladys Kabutiei1, Harriet Kidombo1, N. B. Okelo2
1 School of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
2 School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology,
P. O. Box 210-40601, Bondo-Kenya.
Empowering women is an indispensable tool for advancing development and reducing poverty. There is no doubt that empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families, communities and the nation. A critical aspect of gender equality is the equal participation of women and men in decision-making about societal priorities and development directions. Despite recent developments with respect to gender issues acknowledging that empowerment of women will improve their status generally and enable them to actively and effectively participate in key decision making processes at all levels of human development, women are frequently neglected in economic, trade and development policies and planning because of socio-historical patterns in regard to gender-based inequalities and division of household roles. This is in spite of numerous national and international efforts to empower them economically, socio-culturally, legally, politically and psychologically. Notwithstanding women’s contribution to the fabric of the household, women are commonly underestimated and ignored in community development strategies and key decision making processes. A lack of available gender-disaggregated data on community decision-making roles means that women's roles and contribution to decision making at the community level, in particular among the Njemps community is poorly understood. This study, therefore, sought to bridge this gap by examining the influence of women’s mobility in public space on their decision making roles among the Njemps in Baringo County – Kenya.
Keywords: Mobility; Public space; Decision-making roles; Women; Njemps; Community.