Women emancipation, which seemed to be reaching a crescendo at the turn of the 21st Century, seems to be punctured by the “sponsor” mentality among young women.
With this particular mindset, the struggle for liberation of the fair gender seems to be far from over. The culture is not only trending in Kenya but across the continent.
For instance, the same occurrences are witnessed in Nigeria (mentor) and in South Africa (blesser). Usually this phenomenon involves old men showering young girls with gifts, holidays, designer handbags and even cash in exchange for sex. It’s a culture of sponsor and sponsee.
To the millennial, the culture may sound a new discovery but the truth of the matter is it’s been with us since time immemorial.
For instance, after independence, the culture was referred to as sugar daddy/mummy culture. Presently, the sponsor-sponsee culture seems exaggerated due to the existence of social media and liberation of the modern woman.
Many people have given varied reasons for its emergence: decay in societal morality to breakdown of African social fabric.
But keen observers will notice that this is a crisis of class whereby the middle class is struggling to climb the Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
It is all about ownership of property, which vests a person with the power to exclude others from the property and to use it for personal purposes.
The false impression among young people is that they can acquire material possession and achieve prosperity by simply associating with the rich.
The question on how to acquire the properties including cash, and attain prosperity including status and a name in society according to the “sponsor” school of thought is through osmosis and nothing else! This is the epitome of the menace.
Objects of prosperity do not only stop at cash, cars, smart phones or a name and status but spread to carrying a pregnancy of a prominent personality and even siring a baby with him.
A baby born with a prominent personality means a source of revenue and even a possibility of marriage thus a turning point for status acquisition. This is twisted wisdom.
Sponsorship is different from prostitution. Prostitution is simply the act of engaging in relatively indiscriminate sexual activity for financial gain, with no strings attached and the encounter lasts for a short while which is not the case in sponsorship.
In the latter, there is a false believe the relationship will last for some time even though both parties are aware it will not lead to marriage, there may be cohabitation too. However, both share some commonalities among them body display to attract clients.
The only solution to this illusion is imparting our young people with useful values. Values such as hard work, honesty, respect and self belief.
That life is not lived through an elevator but through the stair case. Values have been left to religious institutions and parents who are not tracking the lives of their children.
A downturn in the economy with no prospects for jobs has led to increased levels of desperation for the young.
Nevertheless, religious institutions are slowly replaced with technology which seems to be influencing the lives of our young people.
To mitigate this let’s realign our religious institutions and the society to changing trends and lifestyles. Failing which the illusion of sponsorship will continue to devour lives of our young ones.
Mrs Dorcas Wainaina is Executive Director, Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM)
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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