Analysis of political representation effects on subjective well-being of women employees in the county government of Kakamega
Bonface Imbali Mudi, Juliane Waswa
The Kenyan Constitution in Articles 27(8) and (81) (b) promises to increase space for women’s representation and provide for a minimum of one third of either gender representation in all elective and public appointments. Kenya's male-dominated Senate and National Assembly have been reluctant to pass legislation to put this constitutional principle into practice despite article 27(6) of the Constitution requiring the State to enact legislations that will redress historical discriminations and injustices. This study sought to analyze political representation effects on subjective well-being of women employees in the County Government of Kakamega. The study adopted descriptive research design, which ensured ease in understanding the insight about the problem under study. Primary data from a sample of women employees and members of the County Assembly of Kakamega making a total of 1,078 formed the target population. A sample size of 291 respondents was used to represent the target population. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection since this can be send to a large number of people. The questionnaire was pilot tested on 5% of the sample size to ensure that it was manageable, relevant and effective. The collected data was analyzed using inferential as well as descriptive statistics. The study findings showed a significant relationship between women political representation (χ2 (1) = 157.672, p < 0.01)) on subjective well-being.