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Milie Odhiambo: Female legislators are being belittled

30 March 2015, 16:26 Onyango Onyango

Nairobi - Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo has said their male counterparts in the National Assembly see them as 'flower girls'.

Speaking in an interview on a local radio station, the MP said her female colleagues are being looked down upon by their male counterparts.

She said she had been called names because of her hard stance in the House.

Odhiambo said female legislators have extra work since some male of their male colleagues have not accepted that the Constitution provides equal opportunity for all.

"I have even been even a prostitute, but these are the things I am used to," she said.

Her claims come at a time when a male MP is being accused of sexually harassing his colleague.

Also read: Wambui: Women partly to blame for sexual harassment

"Being in politics as woman is not easy. From the campaign time to Parliament, you have to brave yourself for a rough ride," she said.

According to Odhiambo, her background in fighting gender based violence and defending women has strengthened her and she does not pay much attention to the side shows.

However, Odhiambo called on the House Speaker Justin Muturi to ensure that women parliamentarians are safe. 

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