The Role of Education Pertaining to Female Political Leadership in Kenya

Maloiy L, Jonck P, & Goujon A (2016). The Role of Education Pertaining to Female Political Leadership in Kenya. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-16-018

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Abstract

Female participation in leadership remains essential to ensure balanced decision-making
and public outcomes. However, male dominance and gender stereotypes have been
identified as significant barriers that hinder women from accessing political leadership.
In contrast, little is known about the role of education in the ascension of women to
leadership positions. This study examines the educational experiences of Kenyan female political leaders using a phenomenographic approach based on interviews. Findings indicated that education is an enabling factor for female leaders as it provides credibility, fosters knowledge seeking and decision-making skills. Informal educational activities impart leadership essential proficiencies such as communication skills. Teachers were found to be influential as mentors, while parents facilitated the effective engagement of female leaders in education.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 08:39
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2016 08:52
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13895

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