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 […]

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 […]

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Rene Kiamba – WNN Science and Health (WNN/USAID) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: At the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, one thing was clear. In order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing infant mortality by two thirds before 2015, birth […]

Reversing FGM – Female Genital Mutilation worldwide is an uphill climb

Reversing FGM – Female Genital Mutilation worldwide is an uphill climb

Faiza Jama Mohamed – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a severe form of discrimination against girls.  It is an extremely violent act of control and an utterly invasive and destructive assault of the female sexual organs.  It promotes the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with girls, which needs […]

Dangers in sanitation hurts slum children of Nairobi, Kenya

Dangers in sanitation hurts slum children of Nairobi, Kenya

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Kisumu slum, Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: The odour of human waste is unbearable at the pit latrine behind Nancy Anyango’s house in Manyatta, a sprawling slum in the western Kenya city of Kisumu. Nearby, a heap of rotting garbage lies between long rows of shacks. From a distance, one can hear the […]

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 […]

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 […]

KENYA: Sex-trafficked women and girls also vulnerable to organ trafficking

KENYA: Sex-trafficked women and girls also vulnerable to organ trafficking

Gitonga Njeru – WNN  Features (WNN) NAIROBI:  With the highest rate of human trafficking in East and Central Africa, several nongovernmental organizations in Kenya are now under investigation by INTERPOL , the world’s largest international police organization, with 188 member countries. The Interpol Sub-regional Bureau for Eastern Africa is based in Kenya’s capital in Nairobi. Young […]

The Struggle for Women to Own Land

The Struggle for Women to Own Land

Miriam Gathigah – IPS News  – Thursday, 14 July, 2011 NAIROBI, Jul 14, 2011 (IPS) – Even at the best of times, obtaining a title deed from the ministry of lands is a difficult process. But as the minister of lands admitted on Jul. 13 that his office is rife with corruption, the disorganisation of […]