Even though over 50 percent of Kenya’s population is women, they are still struggling to get acceptance and the same basic rights as their male counterparts. In Kenya’s constitution they state that discrimination based on sex is not illegal. That means that women can be treated unfairly both in the workplace and home and there is nothing that they can do about it legally.
There are still many stereotypes about women and what they are expected to do in Kenya. Kenyan women are expected to stay home and care for their children. If a woman would have to support herself and/or her children she would be expected to do “woman’s work” such as hairdressing, growing vegetables etc. Due to the poverty level in Kenya, many women do not have the finances or support to go to college or take classes to get better jobs.
Because of the sexual discrimination that is legalized in the workplace, many women are not welcomed into the job field like men. They can be expected to do just as much work as a man, but are still paid much less. In spite of women making up the majority of voters, it can still be a struggle to get leaders into position that are sympathetic to the plight of Kenyan women.
There have been several fights to get sex discrimination illegalized, but there have been too many of the opposition to succeed. Not only would they have to pay women equal wages, but then they would have to deal with all the cases of sexual discrimination.
Many of Kenya’s women have not been able to go beyond the primary school level due to financial hardship, but in spite of that they have expanded their career options. For example, there are a few training programs that are specifically targeted to the women who don’t know where to go or what to do with their skills. Because of these training programs more and more women are advancing into fields that were predominately male.
Women in Kenya have been striving to close the gap between genders for a long time now and it looks like they might be finally getting somewhere. There are not colleges that offer all courses to both genders instead of the traditional men’s and women’s separate classes. Even though the colleges are open to equality, the home still proves a challenge as the men expect their wives to do feminine things.
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