The larger Kwale (Now subdivided into 3 districts namely Msambweni,Matuga and Kinango) lies at the southern parts of the Kenyan coast.The community have negative attitude towards girl child empowerment. Generally some of the issues affecting girl- child include;-
- Lack or little access to education
- Heavy work load
- Child marriage and pregnancies
- Child defilement
- Child labour e.t.c
At home culturally, the girl child is only to be seen and not to be heard. This has resulted into parents giving more attention to the boy child rather than girl child. A parent is much comfortable to take the son to school and leave the daughter at home.They believe that girls have tendency not to perform well in school and taking them to school is a mere waste of resources. Even at home, due to gender imbalances, the child is allocated with too much work the belief that she is being prepared for marriage life. This denies the girl child time to study leading to poor performance. The girl child is socialised by a woman in a society that has believed that the primary role of a woman is to be married and therefore, it is not surprising to find that girls are married off as young as twelve years. The imbalance in gender roles also contribute to less time for the girls to socialize or participate in recreational activities at home in particular and also they cannot compete for the spaces allocated in schools, and in the communities with the boys considering the culture is bent towards the boys more.
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