Gender Dynamics Determining Men and Women’s involvement in Community Conflicts through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms in Kapsokwony, Kenya

Benson Muthama, Grace Ngare, Leah Wanjama


This article outlines the gender dynamics that determine men and women’s involvement in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms in Kapsokwony, Bungoma County. It highlights that while ADR mechanisms are normally considered participatory and inclusive in Kenya, the reality however is that they remain male dominated. The study was based on a mixed research method whose methodology involved research survey, interview, and Focus Group Discussions. Findings from studies carried out across the global confirm that men continue to have upper hand over women with regards to participation in conflict resolution using ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) mechanisms for number of reasons. The situation was found not different in the context of Kapsokwony, a sub-county of Bungoma County in Kenya. This study discussed the multidimensional factors that continue to contribute to men upper hand over women in resolving conflict through ADR mechanisms.

Keywords: Gender equality, Participation, Exclusion, Alternative Dispute Resolution, conflict Resolution

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/10-21-05

Publication date: November 30th 2020


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