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Our features cover development issues such as gender, governance, HIV/AIDS, poverty, security, conflict, economic inequality, environment, sustainable agriculture and health.

We generate content for both traditional and new media on these and other issues, as well as the international conventions and other instruments which influence development in the region and elsewhere

Gender empowerment to guide future development priorities

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A young woman entrepreneur displays her baskets at a market in Malindi. Many organizations and government institutions are now focusing more on women in order to reduce poverty in Kenya. [Picture: Robert Nyagah]The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goal has been challenged to intensify efforts to address poverty by seriously focusing on women who comprise 51 per cent of the world’s population, but 70 per cent of the world’s poor.

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, the President and chief executive officer Global Fund for Women says that with women clearly disadvantaged there was need to look at their issues more keenly.

In a statement, Kanyoro argues that women own only one per cent of the world’s assets and earn a mere 10 per cent of the wages paid.

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Kenyan GBV activists unite to demand justice for rape victims

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Banners left by #JusticeforLiz demonstrators at the Inspector General's gate in Nairobi. [Picture: Wambui Gicheru ]The case of LIZ a sixteen year old girl who was gang-raped in Busia County, in Western Kenya over four months ago has literately refused to go away.

LIZ was walking home from her grandfather’s funeral when she was ambushed by six men who took turns raping her and then threw her unconscious body down a six meter pit latrine. LIZ horror story has sent shockwaves throughout the world and the police are under pressure to respond.

“Nothing will truly change unless the government is put under the global spotlight,” says Fanis Lisiagali from Health Care Assistance Kenya.

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Bar maids called by any other name but their own

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Muhoroni town where prostitution is rampant due to the fact that it is surrounded by many factories and thus high circulation of money.

Muhoroni looks like a nondescript  town, lying on the foot of Nandi Hills.

The greenery is appealing to the eye as you approach this town that lies within the sugar belt. It is an old town and the buildings which tell the story of its age. It has an urban population of 13,664 and a total population of 31,148, according to the 1999 census.

However, there are other things within the town that makes a visitor curious. There are many factories that are to be found within this town that lies in Kisumu County, Nyando subcounty. These include the Muhoroni Sugar Factory, Agro-Chemical Food and Homaline among others.

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Call for change of attitude regarding midwives

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African women leaders are urging respective governments to on the continent to embrace midwifery as a policy to save lives of pregnant women and their babies.

They identified Kenya together with the 39 countries represented from Africa to embrace midwives as professionals.

Speaking at a three-day conference that sought to integrate the African midwifery practice through provision of satisfactory knowledge in Nairobi, James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health said   training of midwives in the country will help avert deaths that would be preventable if patients visited the right professionals. Add a comment


Mothers need a strong support system to encourage breastfeeding

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A woman breast feeding her child. Community and cultural pressures are among the barriers to exclusive breast feeding. Picture: Courtesy Save the ChildrenEvery year, World breastfeeding week which runs from 1-7 August is celebrated. Despite breast milk being the most natural and free method of giving a baby immunity to diseases, new statistics indicate  that the lives of 95 babies could be saved every hour - 830,000 a year around the world - if new mothers breastfed immediately after giving birth.

Infants who are not breastfed are 15 times more likely to die from pneumonia and 11 times more likely to die of diarrhoea than those who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life.

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Community Land Rights Newspaper

Cover of the Community Land rights paper Special newspaper for the Conference on Community Land Law, held 6 - 7th June 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya

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Highlights from this paper:

    Kenya's community land, which way for the country?
  • Drafting of community land law bill over
  • Deafening silence on right of women to own land
  • Will law provide reprieve to the Mukuru slumlords phenomenon?
  • Investors in Tana River derail community land rights
  • A fairly advanced tenure system in Tanzania
  • Commission set to protect land
  • Land use to embrace sustainable approach
  • Now legal options give women a channel to land rights

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