Fida, NGO train women to shun back­ward prac­tices

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

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.”

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