Some partners prefer having children of a particular gender, believing they are more resourceful than others.
In the African culture, for instance, girl children are valued as assets that bring in resources in a form of dowry at the time of marriage.
According to the RX Radio presenter Olive Najjuma, all children are assets, and considering only girls as assets, puts them at risk of domestic abuse.
“When you do that, you are setting off your daughter for many things even violence, because some men have been reported to say; ‘I paid for you’. And their wives become victims of abuse because they will be treated as property,” Olive said.
Daniel Omara, another host of the show, opined that children bear different values depending on how they are raised. In his view, all children are valuable depending on the paths they take as adults.
Olive added that sometimes parents consider girls as assets than boys because the latter extracts resources from the family to another to pay for dowry while the girls bring in the resources.
“But again, in some homes, especially in the African culture, the heir has to be a boy. So when a woman fails to have a boy child, then she is not woman enough may be out of ignorance because the man determines the sex of the child. So I think parents contradict themselves because they like girls for dowry and boys to become heirs. At the end of the day it goes back to the argument that all sexes are important,” she stated.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, and Sarah every weekday from 6 am to 10 am on RX Radio.