Thursday, August 15, 2013

#CODED-ish News:: Female Motorbike Riders Advised to Close Their Legs

8:35 AM

ridersKenyan women could soon be banned from straddling motorcycles or bicycles behind the driver because it is “demeaning” and is undermining traditional culture, local media reported.

Women in Kisumu County in western Kenya may be forced to sit sideways on the vehicles if a proposed law is passed.

“Piki piki [bicycles] and boda boda [motorbikes] have now brought a culture that is really demeaning to our women,” county assembly member for Kisumu North Caroline Owen told KTN television station.Many people in Kisumu City, which borders Lake Victoria, use motorbike taxis because they are cheaper than cars.

One driver interviewed by the station said he was so distracted by women sitting behind him, he found it hard to drive.

“The sitting position in which the women sit with their legs apart when aboard the motorcycles was discussed in the house and termed as uncultural,” according to The Standard newspaper.

The county assembly was debating a report that said Kisumu’s culture was in decline due to the influence of western values that support “permissive conduct”, the paper said.

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