The Implication Of Menís Rural-Urban Migration On Household Decision Making In Soy Sub-County, Kenya
Lumayo Mildred Fedha, Peter Oino Gutwa, Caroline K. Gatobu
Keywords: Rural-Urban Migration, Household Decision Making, Soy Sub-County, Kenya
Abstract: While most regions in the world have been experiencing an increase in rural-urban migration, some have experienced excessive rates. As menís rural-urban migration occurs, one of the sectors that is mostly affected is the family institution, where women take up the role of decision making in the household in their absence. This study is an outcome of the study conducted on the impact of rural-urban migration on household decision making in Soy sub-county. The study found that menís absence in the household affects different aspects within the family context. Menís rural-urban migration has led to an increase in the number of women-headed households in the rural areas. Women who are left in charge of households are expected to continue to perform their traditional roles, at the same time taking on menís responsibilities within the household. However, culture dictates that they consult men even when they are away. From a socio-cultural context, menís prolonged absence has many implications on the family and community life and greatly affects institutions such as health, education and agriculture. Therefore, the presence of men is crucial to household security, decision-making and mobility. The study recommends that as much as men are away from home, women should be empowered to make household decisions for smooth running of household undertakings.
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