Gender inequality still rampant despite new law
18 September 2014, 20:32
Nairobi - Despite the current Kenyan constitution which clearly stipulates that women
be given equal rights as men in terms of social, political and economical
ranks, women are still considered to be inferior and prone to violence
Nailia Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute,
says that women are more exposed to poverty due to their gender sensitivity and
inequality. She further added that women are seen as vulnerable group who can’t
talk of their rights.
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“In most societies, Women are often forced to do odd jobs, they are given
responsibilities without being paid which perhaps makes them being discouraged
to aim good jobs,” she said.
She added that culture should not limit women from achieving their dreams.
She encouraged women to aim higher and eliminate negative perceptions about
“Do not allow any cultural norms to act as a stapling block to your life .As
women lets show men that we can also be good leaders who can govern this
nation,” she said.
She further blamed the state, civil societies and media of reinforcing these
inequalities by assuming that men are the only bread winner in families.
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