'Shun outdated cultural practices'
21 June 2013, 18:54
Residents of Kwale County have been told to promote cultural practices that bring development to the society according to the constitution.
A lawyer from FIDA Christine Kipsang said that cultural practices and traditional beliefs that drag behind developments in the society should not be tolerated.
"Someone is marrying her 14-year-old daughter off and he or she thinks that it is a family issue; you call it a culture?” she asked saying that has dragged the society behind in terms of development.
Addressing the public on Women land and property rights at Kwale Culture Hall Thursday, Kipsang said that parents have the responsibility of training their daughters on their responsibilities in marriage when
they attain the stipulated age.
"Parents should marry off their daughters who have attained over 21 years of age and train them what they are expected to do when they are married. Don't leave them for the world to teach them,” she cautioned.
Kipsang said that the time when a woman was her husband’s property is gone and that both should unite for a common goal of development.
She challenged women to come out and soldier on in demanding for their rights without fear because the constitution empowers them.
However, local residents challenged FIDA to help women who travelled outside the country to work and are facing problems with their employers.
Kipsang called on women to engage their Governor and work closely with the County Government to develop the region.
She said that they can get government tenders t and realize the benefits of the County government instead of sitting down and waiting for their husbands to provide.
"The only way to address your issues is by making sure you meet your Governor through your respective groups," she added.
Kipsang told women that for the County government to be successful, women must be involved by ensuring they get the available jobs.
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