Plight of Maasai Women
by Moses Saruni, June, 2016
"Women are very much less valued than men here. They own nothing at all, not the sheep, cattle and land that the Maasai have, yet they are the ones who care for all this.
Women have no say; she cannot make any decision. Many families strive to send boy child to school and force the girl child for circumcision and early forced marriage. Women are responsible for making house and bringing up the children with no help of a father. They travel long distance for water and firewood.
Many Maasai women are mistreated by their husbands, beaten up and hence developing many health problems at young age. They give birth to too many children, hence they are having poor diets or poor living standard. Maasai women suffer mostly from stress. They give up so early due to their many children and watching them suffering.
There is much need of girls to have rights like other children, to get educated and work without limits. We are sure that educating our girls will help end poverty and bring happiness to our mothers and new knowledge to our daddies. Maasai women are very intelligent, hardworking and very human. A few who are already in school and a few who were lucky to finish can easily tell. They are the best people you would ever like to meet or have in your life.
Girls and women are treated harshly and that must change. There is need to make life shine and better to our people. By having a little bit improved life, many changes will follow."