A group of Kenyan lawmakers expressed their discontent as the temporary speaker of parliament‘s lower house ordered their colleague who was holding her young child during a session of the legislature, to leave the chamber.
Zuleikha Hassan was ejected from the floor of the National Assembly on Wednesday with her 5-month-old baby, while the mother of three, said she had to bring the baby to parliament because she wasn’t able to make other arrangements and didn’t want to miss work.
Christopher Omulele, temporary speaker of the National Assembly, said: “As much as she might want to take care of her child, this is not the place for it.”
Several legislators walked out of parliament to protest her ouster, which, coincidentally, happened during World Breastfeeding Week (WBW).
World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration which is being held every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 120 countries.
The initiative was launched by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide.
Every year since 2016, WABA coordinates and organizes the World Breastfeeding Week .
This year’s World Breastfeeding Week slogan is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”.
The #WBW2019 slogan was chosen to be inclusive of all types of parents in today’s world. Focusing on supporting both parents to be empowered is vital in order to realize their breastfeeding goals.