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Kenyan Women Win Damages for Sexual Violence During 2007-8 Poll Violence

Kenyan Women Win Damages for Sexual Violence During 2007-8 Poll Violence

Many rape survivors suffer trauma and hardship more than a decade after the election violence Four rape survivors won 4 million shillings ($35,906) each on Thursday, as Kenya’s High Court ruled the government failed to investigate sexual violence cases after a disputed 2007 poll. The landmark ruling came after eight survivors – backed by human […]

Women ‘Suffering Under Covid-19’

Women ‘Suffering Under Covid-19’

Women bear the brunt of Covid-19–not so profound a statement in the Kenyan context, where a spike in teen pregnancies has featured regularly in the media since the government closed schools in March in response to the coronavirus outbreak. But then, Kenya is not alone, hence the attention UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes […]

Kenyan Election Body Fighting Over 300 Lawsuits As Vote Looms

Kenyan Election Body Fighting Over 300 Lawsuits As Vote Looms

  Kenya’s electoral body says it is facing more than 300 court cases from candidates, parties and civil society groups before elections on Aug. 8, raising concern about whether the disputes can be resolved in time. President Uhuru Kenyatta will once again face his arch-nemesis Raila Odinga, a veteran opposition leader. Kenyatta is the son […]

Kenya Reviews Mining Laws as Industry Struggles to Grow

Kenya Reviews Mining Laws as Industry Struggles to Grow

Kenya is reviewing its mining code, a year after enacting new legislation, as it seeks to attract investment into an industry that’s barely grown over the past five years. The government is working with the U.K. Department for International Development-funded Extractives Hub to come up with a revised law that balances investor returns with government-revenue […]

Ugandan Girls Taken To Kenya For Female Genital Mutilation

Ugandan Girls Taken To Kenya For Female Genital Mutilation

Karimojong and Sebei communities practicing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) have changed tactics of carrying out the outlawed practice. “The archaic practice has now taken a new twist. Women are cut by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) after giving birth, subjecting them to double jeopardy,” Mr Jacob Wangolo, former MP for Bunyole West, reported to MPs. He […]

Kenya: Churches Slam Senate Over Failure to Vote on Gender Bill

Kenya: Churches Slam Senate Over Failure to Vote on Gender Bill

Religious leaders have accused Parliament of casualness and impunity following the failure by senators to pass the Bill to guarantee gender equality. They also termed as an embarrassment, suggestions by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and Attorney General Githu Muigai that Parliament cannot be dissolved even if they do not pass the Bill before August […]

Kenya Passes New Anti-Doping Law To Avoid Olympic Ban

Kenya Passes New Anti-Doping Law To Avoid Olympic Ban

Kenya has passed new anti-doping legislation in a bid to comply with international standards amid fears its athletes could be banned from participating in the Olympic games in Rio. The amended bill was signed by president Uhuru Kenyatta just two days after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said competitors from Russia and Kenya would have […]

Warriors against FGM

Warriors against FGM

“We protect our community, that’s our first big responsibility.” Twenty-five-year-old Josephat is a “moran” — a young male warrior — from Samburu, northern Kenya. In Samburu culture, young men become morans between the age of 16 and 18. They stay morans until they’re around 30-years-old when they are allowed to marry and become elders. Warrior fashion is very distinctive, […]

VIDEO: Rapist Returns Seeking Victim’s Hand in Marriage

VIDEO: Rapist Returns Seeking Victim’s Hand in Marriage

An orphaned girl from Voi in Taita-Taveta County is seeking protection from the government after a man who raped her returned seeking her hand in marriage. The man, who had been imprisoned, was set free after spending three years behind bars for defiling the minor. According to the girl (name withheld), the ex-convict has been trailing […]