New Kenya Law Legalizes Polygamy; Women’s Group Applauds It

from A new law that went into effect in Kenya this week makes it legal for a man to marry as many women as he wants. And a leading women’s group is applauding it. President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the polygamy measure into law Tuesday, formally recognizing what has long been a cultural practice in the nation… The Federation of Women Lawyers, a powerful women’s rights group, applauded aspects of the bill and criticized others… The bill, the group said, is long overdue because polygamous unions were previously not regarded as equal to regular marriages. “We are happy with the law because finally all marriages are being treated equally,” said Christine Ochieng, executive director of the nation’s Federation of Women Lawyers.

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