The ugly face of violence reared its head in Kenya after the presidential elections of December, and I now know that crisis was a window into the status of women’s rights in Kenya and the gaps in responding to sexual and gender-based violence in this country.
Since the crisis in Kenya began, I haven’t yet heard of a woman who picked up a machete and killed her neighbor. As in many conflict-ridden places in the world, women stand out as victims as well as the ones who are looking for peaceful means to resolve the situation.
Efforts to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS are about to go to waste in Kenya, if the current political crisis is not dealt with fast. Widespread sexual violence, displacement, and lack of access to providers are all contributing to the spread of the disease.
As you American readers prepare to vote for President in November, please remember the women of Africa. Never has the American debate over abortion become clearer to us in Africa than during the Bush administration.
The political crisis in Kenya is deeply affecting women — the number of rape survivors seeking treatment has doubled in a Nairobi hospital — but business as usual in Kenya before the crisis wasn’t good for women, either.
As is usual with political upheaval, the crisis in Kenya is falling heavily on women and children.
Kenya’s restrictive abortion laws are up for debate, but anti-choice forces prefer drama over dialog. Sound familiar?
Failure to Deliver: Violations of Women's Human Rights in Kenyan Health Facilities paints a distressing portrait of Kenyan women's experiences of reproductive health care.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the boundaries of tradition and culture are holding women back from much-needed progress, leaving them vulnerable to the vicious cycle of HIV infection, poverty, stigma, violence and death.
Becky Johnson reports from The International Women's Summit on Women's Leadership on HIV and AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya—the largest meeting in history on the subject of women and HIV.