Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

List of Photographs / Maps

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pp. xi-xviii

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Foreword

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pp. xix-xxvi

Time for Harvest: such a beautiful title for such a beautifully written book! How fitting that Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira should pen the story of the metaphorical “Wanjiku”, Kenya’s down to earth, resourceful but often excluded woman.
Wanjiku Kabira is indeed a gifted storyteller but her story is of a different...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xxvii-xxx

Being part of the Women’s Movement in Kenya for thirty years has been a satisfying, enriching and challenging part of my life. I have been at the heart of the movement where we have celebrated, mobilised, agonised, organised, reflected and finally, witnessed the birth of the Second Republic of Kenya...

Acronyms

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pp. xxxi-xxxiv

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Introduction: The Nurturers and Silent Gardeners

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pp. 1-10

For many years, Kenyans were involved in the search for a new constitutional dispensation. For many of us women leaders, our focus had been ensuring that women’s interests were taken on board the process and in the body and soul of the new constitution. As we used to say during the constitution making...

Part 1 - The Path Travelled

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1. Clearing the Fields: Background and Contextof Women’s Struggle

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pp. 13-30

The Women’s Movement in Kenya has its roots in these self-help groups which existed even in pre-colonial societies. In postcolonial era, these self-help groups evolved into one of the most vibrant movements in the country–the Women’s Movement. While trade unions and cooperative societies remained...

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2. Negotiating for Space in the Constitutional Review Process

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pp. 31-56

The struggle for a people driven process had been going on since the amendment of Section 2 A of the constitution. In 1992, Kenyans hoped that a comprehensive review of the constitution would have taken place before the 1997 general elections. Instead, we got the Inter Party Parliamentary Group...

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3. The National Constitutional Conference

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pp. 57-88

After the law to amend the constitution was put in place and the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC), which was chaired by Prof. Ghai was constituted, intensive preparation of the structures to facilitate a people driven process was put in place. Then, massive civic education and mobilisation of...

Part 2 - Women’s Voices

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4. Women’s Voices from the Provinces

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pp. 91-194

In this chapter, I share with you some of the most memorable moments that I witnessed during the collection of the views, memorable because of the depth of reflection of the women of all walks of life, women of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who spoke in one voice as if they had a national...

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5. Women’s Organisations and Women in Academia

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pp. 195-220

Time for Harvest is also the story of women’s organisations from 1992 – 2010. In all ways, women’s organisations shaped the agenda for women in the new constitution. Extensive reference to the women’s organisations in their different roles as: negotiators of the process, setting the agenda, promoting...

Part 3 - Negotiating the Double Covenant

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6. Women’s Negotiations at Bomas National Constitutional Conference (2003-2004)

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pp. 223-260

In chapters IV and V, we highlighted the views of the women of Kenya from all corners of the country. Women shared the views which they wanted included in the constitution. They were present in almost every hearing session. As mentioned earlier, the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission...

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7. 2005 Referendum: A Dream Deferred

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pp. 261-272

The immediate response to the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) Draft by the people of Kenya was that it was the best constitution in the whole world. Leaders said it was the best thing that had happened to Kenyans after many years of struggle to have a new constitution. We believed...

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8. The First Season of Harvest

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pp. 273-310

Women came together in 2006, to address the question of the bill that the Minister for Constitutional Affairs had prepared and which included an affirmative action provision to, include the number of women in parliament by 50 seats, as the constituency boundaries were being reviewed. We formed the...

Part 4 - Reflections

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9. Women, Ethnicity and Constitution Making

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pp. 313-336

This section reflects on various aspects that were crucial and will continue to be important as women’s struggle for their space in societies continue. Among these issues are the various identities, ethnic identity among them, choices women make in their struggle and how these may move the struggle forward or...

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10. Women’s Strategic Choices

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pp. 337-356

As the struggle for women to negotiate their way to the centre of the country’s political, social and economic management system and decision making positions continued, the need to be strategic was critical. Women moved away from dancing from the sides to taking their place on the dancing floor with...

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11. Emerging from the Shadows

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pp. 357-374

This story of women and their struggle to ensure a new constitutional dispensation has been a long and tedious one. We pause and reflect.
In her book, The Feminine Mystique (1963) Betty Friedan notes that women often have difficulties trying to describe or explain what is wrong in their lives...

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12. Conclusion

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pp. 375-380

The story of Kenyan women on the path towards a new constitutional dispensation has been like the great river referred to by Mrs Margaret Ogola above. The journey has sometimes been fast and steady, at other times, the women’s voice has been faint, underground but always there. This has been...

Part 5 - Appendices

Appendix I: List of women mentioned in this book

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pp. 383-390

Appendix II: List of women delegates at Bomas

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pp. 391-396

Appendix III: CKRC Commissioners

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pp. 397-397

Appendix IV: Committee of Experts Commissioner (CoE)

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p. 398

Appendix V: List of constituencies referred to in theanalysis

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p. 398

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Appendix VI: Memorandum from the women of Kenya on the PSC Draft Constitution of Kenya (2010)

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pp. 399-402

The concerns of Kenyans since independence and in all aspects of life (political governance, economic development, land, use of national resources, access to services and opportunities in the public sector) have always been about breaching the inequalities and the consequent injustices they have caused...

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Appendix VII: Petition

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pp. 403-405

The women of Kenya have today met at Ufungamano House at the National Women’s Conference to celebrate the Women’s Movements and their gains a year after the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. Among the participants are women representatives from the various Counties of Kenya...

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Appendix VIII: Amendment Bill, 2011

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pp. 406-410

The Constitution of Kenya, 2011, makes several references to gender equality and freedom from discrimination. In the preamble, the Constitution recognises “the aspirations of all Kenyans for a government based on the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of...

Bibliography

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pp. 411-416

Index

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pp. 417-430