Joy Muthoni entered the political arena for the first time back in 2017. She was vying to represent the Komarock ward in the Nairobi County Assembly at the age of 25.
She was certain that she was the best person to lead the people in her community.
On the campaign road, she became aware that her age and marital status were starting to stand in the way of her dream.
“People kept asking me, are you married? Do you have children? Because they had never seen me with a child or even with a ring on my finger,” she said.
Muthoni said that in order to halt the talk, she had to go out and purchase a ring to put on her wedding finger . She was speaking at the Siasa Place report on political gender-based violence’s launch on Thursday in Nairobi.
“I just went to town, into a shop and bought a ring. I wore that ring in my campaign posters and other campaign material so that people would at least shift their attention from my marital status,” she said.
She said that more civic education needs to be done with a focus on removing stereotypes that get in the way of good political agenda.
“If the public is well educated, they will ask relevant questions that will see them make the correct choices at the ballot,” said the now nominated Nairobi Member of County Assembly.