Farm Africa: the women digging their daughters’ future

Farm Africa: the women digging their daughters’ future

Rosie Boycott for The Telegraph – Wednesday June 19, 2013 (originally published 17 June) “The beef is at the slaughterhouse, it will be 20 minutes.” Not something you hear every day, but then it’s not every day that one is charged with preparing a feast for 20 African women, assorted villagers, children and a handful […]

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

Isaiah Esipisu for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/Thomson Reuters Foundation) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Women are due to get a bigger say in Kenya’s climate change policies after female parliamentarians representing its 47 counties joined a group that has been pushing for gender balance from the local up to the national level. […]

Innovations in malaria treatment include the power of flowers

Innovations in malaria treatment include the power of flowers

WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Malaria continues to be one of the world’s deadliest diseases, annually infecting more than 200 million people and killing more than 660,000, most of them African children, according to the UN World Health Organization. Prevention, including indoor spraying and insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and effective treatment with artemisinin-based […]

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Melanie Teff with Mark Yarnell from Refugees International – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/RI) Nairobi, KENYA, EAST AFRICA: In December 2012, the Government of Kenya announced a directive that would force all refugees living in cities to relocate to camps, and shut down all registration and service provision to refugees and asylum-seekers in cities. This effectively […]

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Ann Kobia Makena – WNN Features (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Under a swiftly shifting landscape in rural Kenya, climate change and its impacts have drastically changed numerous lives in the African nation of Kenya, especially for rural Kenyan pastoralists who depend almost exclusively on rainfall and adequate water supplies. Water in local ecosystems has been shifting […]

AFRICA: Sahel desert drought causes widespread displacement

AFRICA: Sahel desert drought causes widespread displacement

Deborah Mazon – WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: The United States is providing over $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support humanitarian needs as the lean season begins in the drought affected Sahel region of West Africa. With this additional contribution, the U.S. government is reaching more than three million vulnerable people. […]

Moves to medicalize female mutilation could destroy ‘Stop FGM’ advocacy

Moves to medicalize female mutilation could destroy ‘Stop FGM’ advocacy

Faiza Jama Mohamed – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA: 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 […]

Can literacy lessen climate change impacts in Eastern Kenya?

Can literacy lessen climate change impacts in Eastern Kenya?

Caroline Wambui – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/PSM) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: The wrath of climate change affects both those who well understand what this phenomenon is and those who do not.  During the Millennium summit in the year 2000, 189 countries signed the Millennium development goals (MDG) in New York. There was a growing understanding that poverty, […]