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Covid-19 Has Reversed Women’s Economic, Social Gains

Covid-19 Has Reversed Women’s Economic, Social Gains

Men have been the biggest casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic according to data released by Lancet. The male to female mortality ratio per 100,000 population according to the data estimates is about 1:4, making men nearly four times more likely to die from the virus than women. But whereas the trend remains the same almost […]

Chuka Market Gets Creche for Traders’ Babies

Chuka Market Gets Creche for Traders’ Babies

Mothers trading at the Chuka open-air market in Tharaka-Nithi County can breathe a sigh of relief after the County government constructed a crèche for their babies within the market. Young children and babies will have someone taking care of them at the facility as their mothers work. The nursery has been constructed inside the two-storey […]

Regional Panel To Monitor Tanzania Polls

Regional Panel To Monitor Tanzania Polls

 It has emerged that the Kenya Human Rights Commission in collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) from Tanzania, East and Southern Africa region will monitor Tanzania’s October general election mostly virtually. The team monitoring the elections includes prominent judges from Kenya and Uganda who have formed the Tanzanian Election Watch panel. It is an alternative […]

Refugees In Kenya Suffer Aid Cuts Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Refugees In Kenya Suffer Aid Cuts Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The roughly half-million refugees living in Kenya are experiencing steep reductions in aid as the coronavirus pandemic causes some rich countries to limit their donations. Cash allotments for the purchase of food have had to be cut by 30 per cent for residents of the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, the United Nations’ World Food Programme […]

New Sex Trafficking Routes Identified In Kenya

New Sex Trafficking Routes Identified In Kenya

J’s cousin promised her a well-paid job in India as a housekeeper. Instead, she found herself in a brothel until the United Nations brought her home to Kenya when it was alerted to the human trafficking route. “When I heard there were job vacancies in India, I was so happy,” said J, asking that only […]

Kenyan Female Freedom Fighter Mekatilili wa Menza Celebrated On Google

Kenyan Female Freedom Fighter Mekatilili wa Menza Celebrated On Google

Kenyan female freedom fighter Mekatilili wa Menza, who led the coastal Giriama people to resist British colonial rule in the early 20th century, was honoured by a Google doodle on Sunday in a move widely welcomed by social media users in the country. The doodle on Google search engines in Kenya showed Menza – one […]

Uhuru Goes After Clinics Giving Contraceptives To Young Girls

Uhuru Goes After Clinics Giving Contraceptives To Young Girls

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered county commissioners to carry out a nationwide crackdown on private clinics offering emergency contraceptives to underage girls. The President says such practitioners are inculcating a culture of sexual promiscuity for sex pests, who procure such services for the girls, and providing “sexual insurance” for the minors. Education Chief Administrative Secretary […]

Kenya Police Arrest Prison Warden Over Rape Of Patient In COVID-19 Quarantine

Kenya Police Arrest Prison Warden Over Rape Of Patient In COVID-19 Quarantine

Kenyan police arrested a prison warden accused of raping a female patient in a COVID-19 isolation facility he was meant to be guarding, a police report said on Friday. It was the latest in a string of incidents highlighting substandard conditions at some government-run coronavirus treatment centre in the East African country. The attack may […]

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

As soon as Kenya introduced a coronavirus curfew, Dr Jemimah Kariuki, an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Nairobi’s Kenyatta Hospital started seeing more death and complications. “Every time I went to the hospital it was fewer numbers but more complications…and when women died alone in childbirth, I was like ‘in 2020?’ You are dying? Alone?” she said. Mothers […]

Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya Orders Probe Into Rise In Violence Against Women And Girls During Pandemic

Kenya’s president on Monday ordered an investigation into rising reports of violence against women and girls – including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have fuelled an upsurge in gender-based violence across the world, with […]

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