Fida, NGO train women to shun backward practices
NGO Media Focus on Africa and Fida is training women to shun backward cultural practices.
Officials yesterday said some cultural beliefs hinder women from participating in politics. “Most women are not able to achieve their dreams of joining politics and helping other women detach themselves from the cultures,” project officer Frenny Jowi said yesterday.
The training also calls for the implementation of the two-thirds gender rule as outlined in the Constitution.
“We would like to train women on how to present themselves before the people and get voted in to Parliament for equal representation,” Jowi said.
She said, “The patriarchal nature of some African societies relegates women into the background of community life.”
Jowi mentioned counties including Narok, Kajiado and West Pokot where women are not allowed to speak before men. She said she is optimistic retrogressive cultural practices will be shelved. Training has been held in Mombasa. The event brought together more than 20 women aspirants, most of them running for MCA and woman representative seats. Teacher and MCA aspirant Florence Fondo said, “In our Giriama community, a woman is supposed to be seen and not heard.”