Changes in Marital Behaviors Are Killing Marriages » Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – Several changes in marital behavior underlie the drop in the marriage rate.
The first is that there has been an increase in lifelong non-marriage, that is, the proportion of people who spend their lives without getting married.
In less than ten years (2009-2019), the proportion of single people in Kenya who get married each year has decreased, a huge change in behavior in a relatively short period of time.
Nuptiality levels and trends in Kenya show that the proportion of married women (monogamous and polygamous) nationally is 51.1%, while that of single women is 39.2%.
The percentage distribution of men by marital status shows that marriage patterns are similar to those of women with small proportions of men remaining single compared to women.
Single men represent 48.2%, married 45.6%.
According to the Analytical Report of Kenya Population and Housing Census (KPHC) 2009-2019, entry into marriage is gradually changing attributing it to education, increased urbanization and increased poverty. age at first marriage.
The counties with the highest percentage of married women are Tana River 59.6%, West Pokot 58.9%, Narok 58.7%, while the counties with the lowest are Kiambu 47.5%, Vihiga 47, 7% and Nairobi 48.
Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Nairobi counties have the highest percentage of single women at 45%, 44.5% and 43.5% respectively, with the lowest being Tana River 31.5% and Kirinyagah 32.2% .
The counties with the fewest divorced and separated women are Kirinyaga 7.5%, Lamu 7.2%, Kiambu 6.2% and Mombasa 6%.
Over the past ten years, the proportion of single women in the age group 15-19 has decreased to 11.2%, 25-29 to 73.1%, 30-34 to 77.4%, a indication that women are increasingly delaying entry into marriage. .
The report also touched on the marital status of men, pointing out that the percentage of single men is higher in rural areas than in urban areas at 50.2% and 44% respectively, further adding that men in rural areas rural are more likely to be polygamous than those in urban areas, at an event which saw the launch of the report on Thursday by Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning Ukur Yattani.
“The Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas account for the highest percentage of polygamous marriages led by Mandera 10.6%, West Pokot 8.7% and Samburu 7.9%,” the report said.
At the same time, the proportion of currently married women is higher at a young age (under 29) than that of married men.
“Between 30 and 34, the highest proportion of men remain married compared to women. This could be because single, widowed and divorced men are more likely to marry/remarry at a later age than women.
The counties with the highest proportion of married men aged 15-19 are Mandera 9.6%, Wajir 8.8%, Garissa 8.7% and West Pokot 7.8%.
Nairobi, Mimbasa and Kiambu and Taita Taveta have the lowest proportion of married men.
“Conversely, in all counties, men are more likely than women to delay marriage.”
Furthermore, the report shows that although men marry later than women, after the age of 40, smaller proportions of men remain single compared to women.