This paper is going to deal with Equal Employment Opportunity in the Kenyan Civil Service with an emphasis on the gender dimension. The main focus is to establish whether there is really any cause for concern at the gender situation and to examine and assess the effectiveness of the steps the Kenya government is taking to handle it. The first step will be a brief overview of gender, employment and government responses in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and some East African countries (Uganda & Tanzania) for the purpose of comparison with Kenya. It will be argued that Kenya, like these other countries, does need to give special policy and program attention to gender equity, if it is to meet its international human rights obligations. The paper will then go on to discuss the Kenyan social/political/cultural arena and the employment situation in the wider society as these heavily impact on what happens in the Civil Service. Employment in the Civil Service will then be discussed and recommendations will be made as to how Kenya can improve women’s employment situation in the civil service.
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