DIVERSITY

NELLY KIANDO: Women are equally capable as men

From ancient times they have been overshadowed

In Summary

•To some communities example the Maasai and Kalenjin, a woman is considered as one among the children and cannot take part in decision making. 

•A country or a kingdom will not progress, politically, economically and socially if half of its citizens do not participate fully.

Gender Equality
Gender Equality
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For centuries women especially in African countries have been striving hard to secure a place in society.

From ancient times they have been overshadowed by the presence of men.

In some communities, for example the Maasai and Kalenjin, a woman is considered as one among the children and cannot take part in decision-making. 

The representation of women in Parliament has been and remains minimal. The two-thirds gender rule is yet to be actualized and implemented as per the Constitution of Kenya article 27(8). Women are still prejudiced in other areas such as social and economic aspects.

However, we are all equally capable because we have women who are competing with men in the education field, young girls are up for a race with boys and even in the science courses which have been greatly assumed to be a boy child thing.

We also have women holding big ranks in African society such as the Chief Justice in Kenya, governors and even professors and others are even raising children alone playing the mother and father role.

We are no longer in ancient times and as we cling on to our cultures we should recognize diversity as we continue living.

The idea of men being superior to women cannot be verified and it’s nothing more than just a stereotype contained in people’s minds.

A country or a kingdom will not progress, politically, economically and socially if half of its citizens do not participate fully.

Student, Maasai Mara University 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris