Woman Rep urge gov’t to penalize institutions without lactation rooms

A mother breastfeeding her baby./COURTESY

Kwale women Rep Zuleikha Hassan now wants the government through the National Construction Authority to crackdown on institutions that have failed to put up structures and rooms for lactation.

Speaking during the launch of a lactation room at the NCA offices in Nairobi, Zuleikha urged the Authority to employ tougher measures that will see the issue streamlined.

“As National Construction Authority, always ask, ‘is there a lactation room in this building?’ if there isn’t put that X,” Zuleikha asserted.

She warned that lack of such rooms in workplaces is curtailing service delivery.

“Another bad thing is that 800,000 children die globally only because they are not breastfed well,” Zuleikha said.

In August 2019, the legislator entered parliamentary chambers with a baby, an incident that ignited renewed debate on breastfeeding rights for working mothers not only in Kenya but across the globe.

The event also saw Women in Real Estate (WIRE) award students in the construction sphere.