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‘Rape’ Is Pulling Girls Out Of School

‘Rape’ Is Pulling Girls Out Of School

In Nairobi, parents stormed a girls boarding school on Monday and took away their children, accusing administrators of failing to protect the students. The incident was a reaction to the rape of three girls Friday at the school. Kenyan police are investigating, and parliament is getting involved. The parliamentary committee tasked to look into education […]

‘Rape Taboo’ Spurs Women In Slums To Report Attacks Via SMS

‘Rape Taboo’ Spurs Women In Slums To Report Attacks Via SMS

 Hundreds of women and girls in Kenya are using SMS to report cases of rape through a toll-free messaging service set up to help survivors break the silence around sexual violence in the conservative nation, the initiative’s founder said on Thursday.   Although there are several hotlines for victims of sex attacks, the SMS platform […]

Pregnancy In Nairobi Is Dangerous And Exhausting

Pregnancy In Nairobi Is Dangerous And Exhausting

In 2013, Debra Adhiambo, 35, then four weeks pregnant, booked an appointment with a popular gynaecologist based at one of the private hospitals in Nairobi. He had been highly recommended by several friends, and since she wanted to get the best treatment, she decided to consult him. “A couple of months before this, I had […]

Women Detained In Hospitals Over Bills – The Agony Of Nairobi Women

Women Detained In Hospitals Over Bills – The Agony Of Nairobi Women

Hundreds of women are detained in Kenyan hospitals for failing to pay medical bills, a report published early this month has shown. Although illegal hospital detentions are not a new phenomenon, the study by the UK-based Chatham House cited the country as one of those in sub-Saharan Africa where the practice is widespread. Obstetric emergencies […]

Nairobi Women March In City Streets Preaching Peace

Nairobi Women March In City Streets Preaching Peace

Women from all walks of life on Wednesday marched in the streets of Nairobi praying for and preaching peace ahead of the Thursday polls. The women who all wore white scarves on their heads called on Kenyans to come out in large numbers and vote peacefully. “Tomorrow we will mobilise all women to come out […]

Husband Hacks Off Wife’s Hands After Saying She Failed To Have Children

Husband Hacks Off Wife’s Hands After Saying She Failed To Have Children

A Kenyan woman’s hands were butchered and she was left with injuries to her head after she was brutally attacked by her husband, who blamed her for not being able to conceive any children during their seven-year marriage. Jackline Mwende’s husband, Stephen Ngila, allegedly attacked her in their home with a machete on July 23, […]

Uganda: Two Cancer Patients Return From Aga Khan Hospital

Uganda: Two Cancer Patients Return From Aga Khan Hospital

The patients, Mary Birungi and Mary Gahoire, from Mbarara and Hoima districts respectively, were the first in a group of seven that Hospice Africa took to the Aga Khan hospital for treatment. Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine broke down in early April, leaving about 2,000 patients stranded. Hospice is a charity that cares for terminally-ill patients. […]

Rwanda: Hundreds Meet To Celebrate Liberation Day In Nairobi

Rwanda: Hundreds Meet To Celebrate Liberation Day In Nairobi

At least 500 Rwandans and friends of Rwanda, on Friday, gathered at the Rwanda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, to mark the 22nd Anniversary of Liberation. Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Kenya, James Kimonyo, thanked those who took time off to celebrate this historic day, which he said not only marked the end of the Genocide, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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