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State Neglected Girls, Women During Lockdown

State Neglected Girls, Women During Lockdown

The government neglected her girls and women during the pandemic, exposing them to different forms of gender-based violence (GBV) – a new report shows. The I Had Nowhere to Go report released on Tuesday by the Human Rights Watch shows that Covid-19 exacerbated violence cases. The report touts child marriage, abandonment without support, female genital […]

Drought Now Declared National Disaster

Drought Now Declared National Disaster

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday declared the drought ravaging parts of the country a national disaster. The declaration comes just a month after the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said an estimated 2.1 million Kenyans face acute food shortage and would be in urgent need of assistance in the coming six months. This was a rise […]

Political Parties Will Be Compelled to Meet Two-Thirds Gender Rule in 2022 Elections

Political Parties Will Be Compelled to Meet Two-Thirds Gender Rule in 2022 Elections

The assurance on Monday by the Electoral Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati on strict adherence to the Two-Third Gender Rule by political parties is a clear indication that we will have candidates from both genders well represented in the elections next year. This is the main challenge Kenya has faced for decades, when parties choose to […]

Kenya’s First Female Radiopharmaceutical Scientist

Kenya’s First Female Radiopharmaceutical Scientist

Dr Elizabeth Itotia, 29, has swallowed many bitter pills in her path to becoming the first female radiopharmaceutical scientist in Kenya, a feat confirmed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya. We meet the bubbly Dr Itotia at Kenyatta University Teaching, Research Referral Hospital (KUTRRH), where she has been working for the past few months since […]

Here Rapists Are Fined Sh50, 000 But Elders Share Dirty Cash

Here Rapists Are Fined Sh50, 000 But Elders Share Dirty Cash

It is five o’clock in the evening in Garissa County. The sun is dipping below the horizon, and a girl is sitting outside her family’s house gazing in one direction. A short distance from Mariam Abdi (not her real name), a group of men sit in a circle having discussions among themselves. We are told […]

Kenya Passport Holders Banned in 54 Countries

Kenya Passport Holders Banned in 54 Countries

Holders of Kenya’s passport cannot access 54 countries in the wake of the Covid-19 ban in the global race to protect nations against new variants of coronavirus. The Henley Passport Index, which has been regularly monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006, made the revelations that show how the pandemic has affected travel. Australia, […]

Kenyatta Commissions Five New Hospitals in Nairobi

Kenyatta Commissions Five New Hospitals in Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday night July 6, 2021, commissioned five new hospitals in Nairobi County and directed them to offer 24-hour services to residents. The new health facilities are part of 24 such hospitals being constructed by Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) as part of a broad Government plan to decongest Kenyatta National Hospital, Mama […]

Empowering Kenyan Women and Girls With Disabilities In Managing Menstrual Health

Empowering Kenyan Women and Girls With Disabilities In Managing Menstrual Health

Anne Wanjiru found out she had gotten her first period when a boarding school classmate told her she had stained her dress. No one had ever explained menstruation to her, so the then-14-year-old, who had a congenital mobility disability and hearing impairment, did not understand why she felt discomfort and pain or why she was […]

Kenya Reopens Airspace to Allow Somalia Flights

Kenya Reopens Airspace to Allow Somalia Flights

Kenya has reopened its airspace to allow flights between the country and Somalia, thus easing the travel nightmare for businesspeople and diplomats and signalling progress towards restoring broken ties. The decision was reached on Thursday after what authorities in Nairobi said were “intercessions made” to have the flights resume. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) […]

Kenya President Pledges Millions To Fight Surge In Gender Violence

Kenya President Pledges Millions To Fight Surge In Gender Violence

Kenya’s president pledged millions of dollars in state funds on Friday to help tackle a surge in gender-based violence during the pandemic, outlining plans to open women’s shelters across the country and improve policing. Uhuru Kenyatta said crime statistics showed cases involving violence against women had almost doubled between January and June 2020 compared with […]

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