Days after a female MP was thrown out of the National Assembly for carrying her infant into the chambers, Parliament has begun works on a crèche.
Changes in Parliament days after MP was thrown out for carrying her baby
The woman representative was forcefully thrown out of the chamber
Kwale Woman Representative Zuleikha Hassan who was ordered out of the chamber with her daughter shared photos of the new facility stating that it was "a good start".
The room appeared to have not more than five cribs and a few armchairs and it was not immediately clear whether some staff had been hired to take care of the parliamentarians' children.
"From yesterday Parliament started working on the crèche. It’s not exactly conducive, but it’s a good start," MP Zuleikha stated.
International Media attention on MP Zuleikha Hassan's ordeal
The woman rep's story was picked up by various international media houses including BBC, CNN, New York Times and Bloomberg.
The subject was of keen interest given that a number of women legislators in the world have taken their infants to work without uproar from fellow lawmakers.
These include US Senator Tammy Duckworth, Italian MP Licia Ronzulli, Spanish MP Carolina Bescansa and Australian MP Larrissa Waters who breastfed her daughter as she made contributions on the floor of the house.
"As we push for more women to come to Parliament then we need to provide a family-friendly atmosphere...this is my third baby as an active member of Parliament and I've never had to do this, but today I had an emergency and I had to bring her," Zuleikha stated moments after she was thrown out of the chambers on Wednesday.
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