Reject the ridiculous Childrens act of 2022 that erodes parental authority in Kenya
The Children's Act of 2022, as currently written, is a deeply flawed piece of legislation. Despite its stated aim of protecting children in accordance with established Kenyan law, the Act includes provisions that are likely to put children at risk.
One of the most concerning aspects of the Act is its inclusion of the term and definition of "intersex," and all language associated with it. While we acknowledge that people with intersex traits require individualized responses from medical professionals and their parents, we believe that this law is not the place to discuss the very real and complicated reality of intersex people. Medical associations or hospitals could create technical guides for dealing with these cases, rather than attempting to legislate around them.
Moreover, the Act appears to weaken parental rights rather than strengthening them, despite the fact that healthy families are essential to a flourishing society. Parents play a singular role in the education of their children, and they require the freedom to pass on their religion, values, and customs to their children. It is not the place of the government to interfere with the fundamental relationship between parents and their children.
Additionally, we believe that children should be treated as such, and that they should not be prematurely given the same responsibilities before the law that they would be given at the age of maturity. The Act fails to protect children from adult responsibilities and dangers, which could have serious consequences for their well-being.
Finally, we urge the government to take into account the voice and commitment of parents in the formulation of this Bill. Parents have a vested interest in ensuring that children are protected by the law and that their rights are safeguarded.
In light of these concerns, we call for a review of the Children's Act of 2022. We believe that it is essential to protect the rights of our children and to ensure that they are not exposed to harm or danger. It is the responsibility of the government to listen to the concerns of its citizens and to revise this legislation accordingly.