May 16, 2022

High Court judge has declared being a housewife is a full-time job that attract compensation

High Court Judge Justice Matheka

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High Court has declared being a housewife a full-time job that should attract some form of compensation.

The High Court Judge Justice Matheka says that carrying a nine-month pregnancy is equal to work.

Matheka said housewives offer full-time services at home and should not regard themselves as jobless.

“Raising children is a full-time job that families pay a person to do as well as cooking and cleaning. Hence, for a woman in employment who has to balance childbearing and rearing this contribution must be considered,” she said.

Matheka was presiding over a matrimonial property dispute, where a divorced lady sought to have their family property sold and the money was shared equally between her and her partner.

She said some couples have resorted to hiring surrogate mothers to bear children for them.

“It is easy for the spouse working away from home and sending money to lay claim to the whole property purchased and developed with that money by the spouse staying at home and taking of the children and the family. That spouse will be heard saying that the other one was not employed so they did not contribute anything.”

She said it was unfair for courts to rule that housewives have no significant contribution to the financial progression of a family.

“Raising children is a full-time job that families pay a person to do as well as cooking and cleaning. Hence, for a woman in employment who has to balance childbearing and rearing this contribution must be considered,” she said.

Matheka said it was unfair to use visible income and a mindset that one has to dig deeper into their pockets to evaluate their financial value.

“It is easy for the spouse working away from home and sending money to lay claim to the whole property purchased and developed with that money by the spouse staying at home and taking of the children and the family,” she said.

“That spouse will be heard saying that the other one was not employed so they did not contribute anything.”

Matheka ruled that the property be sold and money shared equally, or one of the spouses buy out the other party.

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