Deeply embedded cultural practices pose a big obstacle to women accessing maternal and neonatal health services, and disempower women’s ability to make the right health choices. Girls as young as 13 are usually exposed to practices such as early marriage, sexual and gender-based violence, FGM and beading (a tradition in which girls are ‘booked’ or engaged to older men for sexual purposes). FGM in particular has been blamed for many maternal deaths in the county given that it often leads to increase chances of the expectant woman getting obstructed labor and excessive bleeding which in most instances end leads to fistula or death.
This programme seeks to contribute to the significant increase and meaningful participation of women in governance and leadership positions through public sensitization, community mobilization, working with political parties working with women themselves, working through smart networks, innovative use of ICT platforms and media advocacy.
Victims of sexual harassment and human rights crusaders are celebrating victory after a Nairobi court handed the death sentence to three men who molested a woman inside a minibus in Githurai. The incident in which the three, a matatu driver, a tout and a petrol station attendant molested the female passenger sparked outrage 3 years ago after a video of the incident went viral.