Obama In Kenya Lectures About Gender Equality Being Important In Stopping Extremism

Obama In Kenya Lectures About Gender Equality Being Important In Stopping Extremism
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According to President Barack Obama, whose agenda on his African tour includes eradicating extremism, countered that gay rights are integral to a more comprehensive effort in preventing expansion of extremism, saying as quoted by the news, that “any group that is marginalized becomes susceptible to recruiting by militants.”


Mr. Obama lectured about gender equality on his first day of visit to Kenya, a country known for its stringent laws against homosexuality. The president discussed about homophobia, which dominates many countries in Africa.

The President had been to Kenya before when he was still a non-politician. His second visit was made when he was a senator, and this time’s visit was a milestone for he is seeing everyone as the leader of a world power.

During a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr. Obama said sexual orientation should not be a catalyst in discriminating a citizen, a post from Fox News said.

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“When you start treating people differently, not because of any harm they’re doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen,” the first black American President said when asked by reporters on his thought about lack of enthusiasm by Kenyan leaders when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

In a report from Bloomberg, Mr. Kenyatta explained Kenya’s focus is centered on countering militants, encouraging women to be involved in working the nation’s economy and in improving its infrastructure.

“The fact of the matter is that Kenya and the United States share so many values. But there are some things that we must admit we don’t share,” Mr. Kenyatta said.

Since 2011, Kenya suffered “high-profile” terrorism designed by Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabaab. Also on the President’s first day of visit, he assured Kenya of U.S. assistance amounting to $1 billion startup commitments and an extension of visa to five years for student and business.

Mr. Obama is also set for a visit to Ethiopia after Kenya.