Women protest nursing mum's ordeal at hotel
Skip to main content
- Classic 105
- East FM
- Kiss 100
- Radio Jambo
A group of women yesterday held a demonstration to protest against the humiliation suffered by a breastfeeding mother at a city hotel.
Betty Kim, 26, said in an online post she was disgraced at Olive Restaurant last week for breasfeeding her baby. She said a waitress told her to cover herself or nurse the baby in the toilet.
The demo was organised by womenâs organisation Her-Voice and Kenya Association for Breastfeeding. Women, among others.
The mothers marched from Freedom Corner to Parliament and eventually to Olive Restaurant.
Manager Moses Wambua yesterday rejected Bettyâs account. He said the hotel management was unaware of the complaint until it saw the post.
"No woman was told to go to the toilet. Itâs a lie. There is somebody behind it. We will confront it head on. We love our women. We gain nothing by chasing them away, after all we need their money," Wambua said.
He said the victim should make a formal complaint. The hotel has CCTV, but the manager said cockroaches have eaten the wires, making it difficult to find evidence.
The incident was shared on a Facebook group and the post went viral. It has sparked a debate on women breastfeeding in public places.
Gilgil MP Martha Wangari, who received a petition from the women outside Parliament Buildings, said she will present it to the House.
Wangari said she would put pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to sign the Breastfeeding Mothers Bill 2017 drafted by Murangâa Woman Representative Sabina Chege.
Chege said,"Can you cover your food when eating? Do you want us to suffocate babies? When women expose cleavages it is never an issue, but breastfeeding becomes disgusting? Shame on that restaurant."
Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura backed the protest. He proposed women be given six-month maternity rest.
The women demanded that the President signs the breastfeeding Bill. It requires employers with more than 30 women employees to set up a breastfeeding station.
Nursing mothers should spend time with their babies for at least 30 minutes every four hours, the Bill states.
"We wonât breastfeed our babies in washrooms. Weâll breastfeed when we want and how we want," they said. Some women carried their babies and nursed them during
the procession.Video Vault Poll of the day Most Popular 1 Hiring of parastatal chiefs favours Central Kenya, audit shows 2 My daughter not lottery ticket, Passaris tells 'Team Mafisi' 3 Uhuru to sign law on Sh5 million fines for fake news 4 Unity pact faces thre ats from selfish politicians, says Raila 5 Uhuru launches Sh7b juice line in Nairobi 6 How NBK bosses made Sh1bn in govt deposits scam 7 [VIDEO] We're sorry, Olive Restaurant boss tells mums on breastfeeding rights 8 North Korea cancels talks with South, threatens to skip Trump meet 9 Sonko forgives Tobiko for Saturday's protocol hitch, says he knows his 'enemy' 10 Gakuo, ex-PS Kirui jailed three years over Sh283m Mavoko cemetery land scam Must read Hiring of parastatal chiefs favours Central Kenya, audit shows Sonko, Joho rank low in county poll on delivery Devolution fail, Crowded prisons, Sonko's luxury allocation: Your breakfast briefing Unity pact faces threats from selfish politicians, says Raila Government banks on law changes to stop jailing of petty offenders Remandees detained longer on trial than they would if convicted Latest News At least 24 admitted to Kiambu hospital after cholera outbreak Devolution fail, Crowded prisons, Sonko's luxury allocation: Your breakfast briefing North Korea cancels talks with South, threatens to skip Trump meet Sonko forgives Tobiko for Saturday's protocol hitch, says he knows his 'enemy' Uhuru, Ruto to attend Solai victims inter-faith prayer service Raila's speech on 'Africa in a changing world' at Cambridge University Popular in Latest news Gideon Moi 'too small' to threaten Ruto's 2022 bid - allies Gideon Moi, NYS scandal, Miguna return: Your breakfast briefing Accountant fined Sh16.5 million for Sh3.8 million theft Referendum politics negating Uhuru-Raila unity bid, says Midiwo Â© 2018 The Star, Kenya. All Rights ReservedSource: Google News