We live in a world where men tend to forget that they’re not the only ones living in it. Have you seen the movie Hidden figures, remember this scene where Taraji P Henson had to travel just to get to the female bathroom?
This week, Female Members of Parliament walked out of Kenya’s parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she showed up to work with her baby.
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In 2017, Kenyan lawmakers passed a bill compelling employers to construct special rooms where mothers could breastfeed and change their babies. However, it seems they need to start looking into doing more.
The Lawmaker who was excused from Parliament was Zuleika Hassan who said she had brought her five-month-old baby with her to work because of a domestic emergency and that parliament didn’t have a creche. But according to the house rules, “strangers” are not allowed into the chamber, children included. So she was asked to leave, only to return without her baby.
Why it matters
The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) has raised its voice to condemn this act by saying that Motherhood cannot be a basis to deny nursing female MPs a chance to conduct their legislative duties. But is this really a case of denying mothers the chance to do their work or protecting the sanity of the parliament as we know that a baby can cause a disturbance.
The call for gender equality in governance isn’t just about creating female slots or having female members of the government, it’s also about creating a more inclusive environment where males and females can co-exist and thrive together.
This incident happened during the World Breastfeeding week, a celebration that happens in 120 countries to promote exclusive breastfeeding within the first six months of childbirth due to its apparent benefits. Women all around the world took out time to talk about their experiences Breastfeeding.