From flying toilets to fertiliser, slum sanitation in Nairobi is changing

From flying toilets to fertiliser, slum sanitation in Nairobi is changing

Clar Ni Chonghaile –Guardian – Tuesday, 20 November 2012 (originally published 19 Nov) Dennis Ochieng balances precariously with one leg on either side of a narrow trench running through a small alleyway in Mukuru, a network of slums around Nairobi’s industrial area. “Before, this place was a mess,” he says, explaining that the trench used […]

Poor sanitation causes maternal mortality deaths in Kenyan refugee camp

Poor sanitation causes maternal mortality deaths in Kenyan refugee camp

WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) London, U.K.: The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is working to improve sanitation conditions at the world’s largest refugee settlement in Kenya following an outbreak of jaundice.  More than 200 cases of acute jaundice have been reported in the Dadaab refugee camps. “We had actually four deaths.  Those were actually mothers who […]

Support group helps remove society stigma for orphans in Kenya

Support group helps remove society stigma for orphans in Kenya

Jill Craig – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/VOA) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Losing both parents is a traumatic experience. For Kenyan young adults this process becomes even more difficult as they struggle with social stigma, financial insecurity, begrudging relatives and lack of an emotional support system. To deal with these challenges Catherine “Sonnie” Gitonga started an adult orphan […]

Reproductive coercion puts Somali refugee women in the line of fire

Reproductive coercion puts Somali refugee women in the line of fire

Gitonga Njeru – WNN Features (WNN) Garissa, KENYA: Following several weeks of military intervention by the Kenyan Defense Forces against Somali extremist militia groups, Somali women have become easy targets for rape and physical assault. But physical assault can also come from home and can also be psychological. As some Somalian women stand up to […]

Women’s Decade needs impetus

Women’s Decade needs impetus

Refiloe Joala – New Age – Thursday, 01 March 2012 The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) is a bold political initiative that aims to put women at the centre of development on the continent. Launched in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2010, with roots traceable to the UN First World Conference on Women, held in Mexico City […]

A decade of triumphs still includes needs for African Women

A decade of triumphs still includes needs for African Women

Rainitou Sow for Make Every Woman Count –  WNN Opinion (WNN) OPINION: One year ago, the African Union declared 2010-2020 as African Women’s Decade. The theme of this year is “Health, Maternal Mortality and HIV/AIDS”. This decade is a promise from African governments and the African Union to promote women’s rights and achieve gender equality […]