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Raila opposes ‘customary law’ that forces married women out of their parental homes

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 12 Oct, 2021 19:01 | < 1 min read
ODM leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO/COURTESY

ODM leader Raila Odinga has come out to express his displeasure about married women leaving their places of birth to go live at their husband’s homes.

Speaking to youth from the Mt. Kenya region, on Wednesday, October 12, Raila said that the law that forces women to move from their birthplaces poses danger to their political success.

Raila said that such laws are some of the societal barriers that affect the presentation of women in politics and public offices.

The former Prime Minister noted that such issues must be addressed irrespective of the outcome of the court case that is before the Supreme Court regarding the Building Bridges Initiative.

“We need an affirmative action irrespective of the court’s outcome. We are determined to fix this otherwise the 2022 elections results would not be any different,” Raila said.

“There are serious historical traditions that work against women and their representation in parliament,” he added.

Raila also advocated for equal presentation of the people living with disabilities in public offices.  He noted that there is a need to properly mainstream equality among the PWD.

The Opposition Chief further noted that the youth should be positively engaged in the leadership of the country. He assured the youth of four positions in his cabinet if he clinches the presidency in 2022.

“We will have at least youth cabinet ministers,” Raila had said.

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