Kenyan women have launched a campaign to collect 1 million signatures to lobby MPs to reserve 50 seats in parliament for women before elections later this year. Some 10,000 women attended a rally in the capital, Nairobi, calling for the Affirmative Action Bill to be passed. Health Minister Charity Ngliu said that women face bias and financial drawbacks when seeking nomination, but they were ready to take up positions. In the current parliament, only 18 out of 224 MPs are women. (BBC)

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