Kenyan lawmaker Sarah Korere (R) talks to supporters during an election campaign rally in the village of Dol Dol in Laikipia County, Kenya, July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Since entering politics, Kenyan lawmaker Sarah Korere has been insulted, shot at, slapped by a colleague and cursed by tribal elders – but she's still trying to take a man's parliamentary seat in one of Kenya's most violent regions. Korere's experiences are symptomatic of a wider hate campaign against female candidates in Kenyan politics, women representatives say, which helps give the East African nation the lowest representation of women in politics in its region.Only 16 percent of the 10,910 candidates competing in elections next Tuesday are women, the electoral board said.During the last polls five years ago, Kenya tried to increase women's representation in the 349-member lower house of Parliament and 67-seat upper house.Out of Kenya's 290 elected members of the national assembly, just 16 are women with the full lawmakers' budget.Elected opposition lawmaker Millie Odhiambo said most women candidates lacked the money or party support to break into mainstream politics. Korere, who held a seat reserved for women in the outgoing Parliament, is undaunted.
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