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I am Generation Equality: Natalie Robi Tingo, community mobilizer for ending FGM

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Natalie Robi Tingo, 28, is the Founder and Executive Director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, a women-led community-based organization in rural Kenya that has since 2015 worked to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by tackling its root causes and empowering women and girls.

Hand over the mic to: Aisha, Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Aisha*, 12 years old, is now living in a shelter in the coastal region of Kenya, with 34 other children who have experienced gender-based violence. When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these girls fell victims to sexual abuse within their homes.

Take Five : "Achieving gender equality by 2030 will require bold and sustained action from the international community" Alberto Pieri, Ambassador of Italy to Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The urgency to end violence against women and girls has been stressed at the highest levels of the international community. Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) is complex and requires a collaborative effort on a global scale. The Government of Italy is one of UN Women’s top donors and is committed to supporting Kenya in the fight and prevention of VAWG through a multi-year programme to strengthen survivors’ access to justice. In an interview, Ambassador of Italy to Kenya Alberto Pieri explains the importance the Government of Italy places in ending violence against women.

What Happened After Covid-19 hit: Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

As a forensic scientist at the Forensic Science division of the government chemist, I am in charge of analyzing evidential materials from crime scenes in the cases of Gender-Based Violence. My role is important as it is this evidence that will link perpetrators or exonerate the wrongfully accused in the dispensation of justice.

Hand over the mic to: Ali Dabaso, Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

38-year-old, Ali Dabaso is a resident of Isiolo county in the northern part of Kenya and serves as a male champion. Cases of Female genital mutilation and physical violence are common in this region and heavily tied to cultural norms, traditions and beliefs that have disadvantaged women and girls.

Kenyan media powerhouse commits to new partnership for women's empowerment

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Media Compact seeks to accelerate gender equality by providing a framework for media houses to strengthen gender-sensitive reporting and disrupt harmful stereotypes and biases that the industry often perpetuates. Standard Group reaches millions of Kenyans on a daily basis and as a signatory to the compact, will promote gender equality and support the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Joint UN Health Programme Counters Maternal and Infant Mortality in Kenya

Thursday, November 5, 2020

A newly published evaluation of the UN H6 Joint Programme on Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) found the number of women who utilised antenatal care services increased by over 32% in six of Kenya’s counties with the highest burden of maternal and infant deaths.

In the words of Gladys Koech: “It is not uncommon for husbands to leave their wives because the child has a disability.”

Monday, November 2, 2020

Gladys Koech has been working as an occupational therapist for persons with disabilities in Kenya’s coastal region for more than 10 years. Through the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), she also works with communities to strengthen their understanding of disabilities and combat widespread stigma.

Expert's Take: Women Empowerment Principles Contribute to Economic Empowerment

Friday, October 16, 2020

The UN Women Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) seeks to identify best practices by elaborating the gender dimension of corporate responsibility, the UN Global Compact, and the role of businesses in sustainable development.

From Where I stand, Meymuna Ahmed: "During COVID-19, schools in Wajir have closed, presenting an increased risk of children being violated"

Monday, September 28, 2020

Meymuna Ahmed, 34, works in her home county of Wajir, North-East Kenya. Graduating in Nutrition and Public Health in 2009, she immediately applied her skills to assist her community, working on humanitarian programmes related to drought. For the past six years, she has been empowering women and girls in her community.

Menstrual hygiene during pandemics: access to dignified menstruation in COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Kenya

Monday, September 28, 2020

For women around the globe, access to safe and dignified menstruation is a fundamental need. However, during pandemics like the current COVID-19, access is limited, and it is even worse in quarantine facilities leaving women and girls struggling with both the pandemic and the challenges of access to this commodity. The pandemic has shone a light on the challenges including menstruation that women and girls face in the quarantine facilities.

Launch of Comprehensive Poverty Report, Women Empowerment Report, 47 County Poverty and Budget Briefs

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nairobi, 10th August 2020 – As Kenya marks 10 years since the devolution of responsibility for various public services to county governments, a series of reports are being launched today namely: i) Comprehensive Poverty Report- utilized data from the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) 2015-16 covering national, rural, urban and county levels. ii) 47 County Poverty Briefs – a summary of the Comprehensive poverty report, based on 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS). iii) Women Empowerment Report- based on 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey and covered national, urban and rural levels. iv) 47 County Budget Briefs – analyzed social sectors’ budgets for the period 2014/15-2017/18 focusing on health, education, child protection, youth and women services, water and sanitation, and nutrition.

New Women’s Empowerment Index for Kenyan Women and Girls

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya – 04 August 2020 – A recent study using a first-of-its-kind measure of women’s empowerment, the Kenya Women’s Empowerment Index (WEI), shows that only 29 percent of Kenyan women can participate equally and effectively in political, economic, and cultural life — and that their involvement is largely dependent on household circumstances.

In the words of Christine Sadia: “Women must be given tools and training, so they fully comprehend what the risks are”

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dr. Christine Sadia is a gender and public health expert with over 30 years’ experience advising governments on health and gender issues, such as psychosocial needs of women in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and HIV programming during the Indonesia tsunami. UN Women is supporting Dr. Sadia in her current role as a Gender and Public Health Advisor for Kenya’s State Department for Gender Affairs, to advise on the country’s national emergency response for COVID-19.

COVID-19: UN Women Supports Kenya's National Helpline for Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Monday, June 22, 2020

Health Assistance Kenya 1195 (HAK) is a free-to-call helpline for survivors of all forms of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) – and its saving lives. The Nairobi-based service is set up to give immediate assistance to the public in the event of SGBV. It operates 24-7 and is taking more calls than ever.

COVID-19 Response in Kenya: UN Women Partners with the Government of Japan to Promote a Gendered Approach to Empower Refugee Communities

Monday, June 22, 2020

Since 2018, UN Women Kenya in partnership with the Government of Japan has been using a multi-sectoral approach to bring gender equality to Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement and Dadaab Refugee Camp. The “Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response” targets four interconnected areas that develop livelihoods of women and girls; educate men and boys; and contributes to sustainable peace in communities.

COVID-19 jeopardises progress made towards protecting women and girls from violence and harmful practices

Monday, June 15, 2020

The passing of laws to end child marriage resulted in blocking thousands of child marriages and enabling second chance education for girls. However, these gains made over the years are in jeopardy in the age of COVID-19. In Malawi because of cases brought to court, child marriages were annulled, and girls had the opportunity to return to school. F ewer adolescents experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) compared with older generations. In Ethiopia, for instance, 47 per...

The Government of Japan to Fund UN Women Programs to Address the Impact of COVID-19 on Women and girls in Africa

Friday, June 12, 2020

Women are disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19, as more women work in low-paying, insecure and informal jobs, while carrying the bulk of burden on unpaid care work at home. As more countries report infection and lockdown, more domestic violence helplines and shelters across the world are reporting rising calls for help. Confinement is fostering the tension and strain created by security, health, and money worries. In addition, it is increasing isolation...

From where I stand: “It has become impossible to meet daily needs”

Saturday, May 30, 2020

As the sixth-born child to poor parents, there wasn’t enough money for me to pursue any studies after high school. Growing up, my siblings and I often missed school to help our parents harvest vegetables from our land so that we could eat. After graduating, I moved to Nairobi to find work to sustain myself. For the past two years, I’ve been working as an Uber driver in Nairobi. My daughter and I live outside of the city, in Kiambu County. A friend introduced me to the Uber...

Press Release: Kenya's Women, Peace and Security Agenda enters next phase

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Kenya National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2020 – 2024 (KNAP II) is the second phase of a process initiated in 2016 to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). By providing a framework to amplify voices of women at the grassroots, country and national level, it also aligns with the Leave No-no Behind principle.

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