Perception of Youth on Women’s Rights to Ownership and Control of Matrimonial Property
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Human rights and equal treatment of men and women has been in the global discourse for several decades in the past. Although the move has been supported by many policies and legal frameworks including the constitution, women continue to be denied equal opportunities and rights with men. This has also been the case in regard to the ownership and control of resources and means of production. This study explored the perception of youth on women’s rights to ownership and control of matrimonial properties, with reference to land and houses. In addition, the study identified the determinants and experiences of the youth in this regard. The participants of the study were the youth from Kenyatta University, one of the largest public universities in Kenya. The study sample comprised of 150 youths (77 males and 73 Females). The youths were randomly selected from 3 Schools namely; Education, Social and Pure Sciences. The study yielded mainly qualitative data with the use of interview schedule. The study findings established that fewer youth supported women rights to own and control matrimonial land and that majority of those in support were the female youth. That culture and religion were the determinants to lack of both male and female youths’ support on women’s rights to own and control matrimonial properties. It was also established that not many youth among those who participated in the study had witnessed women in ownership and control of the matrimonial properties. The study therefore recommends inclusion of courses on gender and human rights at all levels of learning, in addition to continued advocacy and awareness on issues of human rights and gender equality, among the youth.