The Star (Nairobi)

10 October 2013

Kenya: Culture, Religion Blamed for Low Turnout of Women in KDF Hunt

Cultural and religious affiliations have affected the turnout of women in the ongoing Kenya Defense Forces recruitment. The KDF targets 2,500 recruits countrywide.

KDF Chief Recruiting officer brigadier Peter Magutu yesterday said culture has affected women's turnout in areas with beliefs that joining the forces is a man's job.

He said many of the women affected are from communities which believe they should not be given equal opportunities as men. Speaking in Malindi during the recruitment at Alaskan Grounds, Magutu said in some areas, no women turned up for the recruitment. "In North Eastern no single woman came for the exercise," he said.

Magut said the ancient beliefs were uncalled for as they denied the women their democratic rights to serve their country as its citizens. He said currently the KDF gave equal opportunities for both male and female in the military as per the constitution.

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