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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, […]

Philanthropists shouldn’t shape our national agenda

Philanthropists shouldn’t shape our national agenda

Mr William Henry Gates III (better known as Bill Gates), the American tycoon, has struck again. On January 22, he informed the Wall Street Journal that Kenya had legalised the cultivation of genetically engineered maize. Armed with an amount of money he cannot spend in more than 56,000 lifetimes at the cost of his current […]