Rachel Ruto has advised young women against receiving money and material favours from sugar daddies, popularly known – of late – as ‘sponsors’.
Speaking at Kenyatta University main campus during the International Day of the Girl Child celebrations on Thursday, October 11, the deputy president’s wife said: “Dignified women do not sleep with every Tom, Dick and Harry.”
“As girls, you are a gift to the world,” she said, adding: “This issue of ‘sponsors’ should not be [a] part of your lives.”
“You do not need to get money from a man to survive. Many of these people will only take you for granted. I pray that in Kenyatta University and other institutions of higher learning in our nation, that girls can be resilient to be able to say ‘no’ to sponsors. I encourage you to be a listener as a girl child,” said Rachel Ruto.
Rachel Ruto used the event, whose theme was “Empowering Girls Before and After Conflict” to launch “Somesha Msichana” initiative.
Rachel Ruto was accompanied to the function by the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) Chairperson, Wangui Ngirichi, and Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris.
Ms Ngirichi said new laws shielding young women against ‘sponsors’ should be introduced in the country.
The ‘sponsor’ culture has – of late – gained impetus among young university-going students.
The sugar daddies receive sexual benefits from the young women, who, on their part are given money, material possessions and luxurious lifestyles.