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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 […]

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Hospitals are running out of space in Intensive Care Units due to the Covid-19 pandemic that is spreading fast across the country. The facilities are fast getting overwhelmed with critically ill patients that need admission, forcing hospitals to set aside other rooms for the patients. This is despite the Ministry of Health introducing home-based care […]

Kenya Launches Second UN Resolution 1325 Action Plan

Kenya Launches Second UN Resolution 1325 Action Plan

Kenya has launched its second national action plan providing a roadmap for further implementation of the United Nations(UN) resolution on the inclusion of women in peace and security processes passed two decades ago. The 2nd Kenya National Action Plan (2020-2024) developed and launched by the ministries of Public Service and Gender and Interior and Coordination […]

Stigma Keeping Women In Abusive Unions

Stigma Keeping Women In Abusive Unions

When news of the heinous act Mr James Kifo Muriuki meted on his wife broke, it shocked the nation to the core. He allegedly inserted salt, pepper and onions in his wife’s private parts before applying superglue mixed with sand to seal it. Mr Muriuki is said to have returned home that Saturday night from […]

36 Contacts Quarantined In Kisii As 34-Year-Old Woman Tests Positive For COVID-19

36 Contacts Quarantined In Kisii As 34-Year-Old Woman Tests Positive For COVID-19

At least thirty-six contact persons have been quarantined in Kisii after a woman, 34, who recently returned from Mombasa’s Nyali estate tested positive for COVID-19. The 34-year-old is said to be a resident of Nyachogochogo area in Nyamache, Bobasi Constituency. Authorities are yet to reveal how the woman managed to leave Mombasa and travel through […]

Kenyatta Hints At Reopening The Economy After 2-Month Closure

Kenyatta Hints At Reopening The Economy After 2-Month Closure

President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday hinted at a possibility of relaxing current COVID-19 containment measures which include a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew and restrictions of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera. The dusk to dawn was issued on March 27 and has been extended twice by a further 21 days in measures […]

Tanzanian Doctors Sound Alarm Over Hidden Coronavirus Cases

Tanzanian Doctors Sound Alarm Over Hidden Coronavirus Cases

The Tanzanian government’s tepid response to COVID-19 and seeming lack of transparency over coronavirus cases is fuelling concern that it is covering up the true extent of the pandemic, according to doctors and health experts in the East African country. The New Humanitarian spoke to five Tanzania-based doctors and medical specialists about the response, either […]

Murders Targeting Women And Children In Some Parts Of Kenya

Murders Targeting Women And Children In Some Parts Of Kenya

A spate of killings targeting women and children in Nyandarua and Laikipia counties has sent shivers down the spines of residents. The murders follow a similar pattern — they happen past midnight and are executed by assailants who rarely steal anything. In most cases, the victims are hacked to death. The murderous gang usually dig […]

Kenyan Chiefs Go Door-To-Door To Stop Female Genital Cutting Amid Coronavirus

Kenyan Chiefs Go Door-To-Door To Stop Female Genital Cutting Amid Coronavirus

Village chiefs in Kenya will make house-to-house checks after reports some rural communities were taking advantage of school closures due to the coronavirus to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls, officials and campaigners said. One in five women and girls aged between 15 and 49 in Kenya have undergone the procedure, which usually involves the […]

Kenya: Teenage Pregnancy Driving 10,000 Girls Out of School Annually

Kenya: Teenage Pregnancy Driving 10,000 Girls Out of School Annually

Cases of teenage pregnancy in the country have remained unchanged with as many as 10,000 girls dropping out of school every year. The latest Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014 paints a gloomy picture of teenage pregnancy and motherhood situation in Kenya. It shows that one in every 5 teenage girls between the ages […]