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Kenyan MPs approve bill to have employers provide breastfeeding stations

Kenyan MPs approve bill to have employers provide breastfeeding stations

Working mothers will be now be able to juggle between work and breastfeeding. MPs approved a historic provision on Tuesday that will make it mandatory for employers to provide breastfeeding stations for nursing mothers in the workplace. In another win for women, after Parliament passed the Matrimonial Property and Sexual Offences bills, MPs also approved […]

GE and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Partner to Accelerate Mother and Child Health Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

GE and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Partner to Accelerate Mother and Child Health Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship today announced a partnership that blends Silicon Valley entrepreneurial acumen with venture impact investing to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems: maternal and child health. The partnership will focus on a training and mentoring program for social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child […]

Senator Wangari proposes new bill to control self-help groups

Senator Wangari proposes new bill to control self-help groups

Nominated Senator Martha Wangari has sponsored a bill to regularise registration of self-help associations. According to the bill, an association will only qualify as a self-help group if it consists of at least five people and not more than 40 persons who have attained the age of 18. The bill proposes that every registered self-help […]

Could One of These Young African Women Scientists Be the Next Einstein?

Could One of These Young African Women Scientists Be the Next Einstein?

A Moroccan woman may have founded the first university in the world that still exists today in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco, but less than a third of researchers in Africa are women, according to data from UNESCO. When organised by fields of research, the representation is even lower. Nation Newsplex found that science, technology […]

The ATMs bringing cheap, safe water to Nairobi’s slums

The ATMs bringing cheap, safe water to Nairobi’s slums

Local water vendors are not happy with fruit seller Mercy Muiruri. At the end of last year, she found a different solution to washing fruits before making them into a salad for her customers – a water ATM. “Now I know the water I use is safe and from a trusted source. Even my customers […]

MAKAU: Kenya needs equality for women in politics

MAKAU: Kenya needs equality for women in politics

“In politics, women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.” The quote above captures Clare Booth Luce’s perspective on women’s political participation in the United States of America. It represents a similar trend in Kenya’s political sphere. For years, Kenyan women – including those working at […]

Eating the intra-African trade pudding: Uganda, South Africa top as neighbours drive Kenya’s tourism recovery

Eating the intra-African trade pudding: Uganda, South Africa top as neighbours drive Kenya’s tourism recovery

Proving Africa will reap from trading with itself, vacationers from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Ethiopia have shored up Kenya’s tourism. LAST year, to much fanfare, 26 African nations signed off on a free-trade ‘super bloc’ that seeks to improve the absurdly low levels of intra-regional trade on the continent, at the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. […]

The Face Of Kenyan Protest: Boniface Mwangi On Corruption, Land Grabs And Women’s Rights

The Face Of Kenyan Protest: Boniface Mwangi On Corruption, Land Grabs And Women’s Rights

When I call up Boniface Mwangi for this interview, he sounds weary, “There is no one else?” he asks. Mwangi has had a rough start to 2016 having lost one of his closest friends, fellow activist and photographer James Quest to a hit and run. Mwangi, or Boni, as his close friends call him, started […]

Kenya: Gang-Raped and Nowhere to Turn

Nairobi — Owuor P.’s 16-year-old sister Nekesa tried and tried to get an abortion after she was gang-raped and found herself pregnant during Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007-8. “We are not sure how many raped her,” Owuor told me. “She told us that she saw three men rape her and then she lost consciousness. She […]

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya is about to mark the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), at a time when the country has taken many steps forward. However, while overall rates of FGM in Kenya are declining, the prevalence of medicalization of FGM is increasing. According to the Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014, […]