Navigating the journalistic siege as a woman in Kashmir

Aliya Bashir, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists grantee – WNN Soapbox (WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – I often wonder when people outside the Kashmir ask me strange questions such as: “Are there really journalists – women who are allowed to work?”; “Don’t you get married at quite […]

Kenya Leads Globally On Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Mary Wandia, FGM Program Manager, Equality Now – WNN Soapbox (WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – 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 forwards. While overall rates of FGM in Kenya are declining, the prevalence of medicalization […]

Kenyans protest over Nairobi miniskirt attack

Kenyans protest over Nairobi miniskirt attack

BBC Africa – Monday November 17, 2015 At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt. The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports […]

KENYA: 300+ Somali children separated from detained or deported parents

KENYA: 300+ Somali children separated from detained or deported parents

IRIN – Humanitarian news and analysis for – WNN Breaking (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported […]

Garden screens making life easier for Kenyan women

Garden screens making life easier for Kenyan women

TC Media – Guardian Charlottetown – Thursday, 04 June 2014 (originally published 02 Jun) For women in eastern Kenya, a screen around their garden is helping to make life better. The women started to grow more appropriate varieties of maize and beans that matured in a shorter season and with less rain. Farmers Helping Farmers […]

Dangers for girls without basic sanitation

Dangers for girls without basic sanitation

Barbara Frost, Winnie Byanyima, Corinne Woods and Nick Alipui for Guardian – WNN Improve It (WNN/GDN) London,UNITED KINGDOM, NORTHERN EUROPE: Two teenage girls have been gang-raped and killed after doing what half a billion women and girls are forced to do every day – go outdoors to try to find somewhere discreet to go to […]

Kenyan women receive $2m fistula boost

Kenyan women receive $2m fistula boost

Katy Migiro – Guardian – Tuesday, 27 May 2014 (originally published 24 May) A $2m (£1.2m) donation will help Kenyan surgeons give more than 1,000 women life-transforming surgery to cure incontinence caused by fistula and will train more specialists to perform the operation. Two million women worldwide live with fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused […]

[Kenya] Women in Solar: SunnyMoney's Linda Wamune

[Kenya] Women in Solar: SunnyMoney's Linda Wamune

Solar Aid – Business Green Plus – Monday, 24, March 2014 (originally 18 Mar) Linda Wamune is operations director of SunnyMoney’s Kenya office. Owned by Solar Aid, SunnyMoney is currently the largest distributor of Solar Lights in Africa, aiming to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020. Linda tells us about being a business […]

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Caleb Kemboi for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Elgeiyo Marakwet, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: For decades, the Kenyan government has attempted to evict indigenous people from the forests of Embobut and Cherangany, in the western county of Elgeiyo Marakwet. Past tactics have even included torture and setting fire to homes, those affected say.  “I […]

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