Women politicians and journalists have fallen victim of false information, most often through personal attacks meant to discourage them from politics or silence their voices in the media. Studies by AMWIK, ‘Women Journalists’ Digital Security’ in 2016 and 2017 indicate that social media has been the most used platform for attacks against female journalists, with the most common gendered attacks being cyber stalking, sexual harassment, impersonation with parody accounts, surveillance and un-authorized use and manipulation of personal information, including images, and videos. With more women in the public limelight, it is projected that more will become victims of fake news.
“I have the privilege of enjoying both private and public health insurance popularly known as National Insurance Health Fund (NHIF), majority here may not have similar options”, this was the moderator’s opening statement. But what does this mean for pregnant women and girls in Kenya?
There are two stories being told about food security. One story says we are food secure and the other says we are not. The stories are being told – and written – by various people with different intentions. There are those who weave dreams, where fiction reigns and happy endings preside. Then there are those who tell it like it is.
This was the question that lingered in everybody’s mind at the recently concluded Gender Forum in Mombasa. The forum was held against the backdrop of a Mombasa court ruling that dismissed arguments that the practice of anal examination is degrading and amounts to torture and-by extension a violation of one’s rights.
During the May 2016 Gender Forum, we discussed what Feminism means for Kenyan women from different perspectives and facets, and a man asked an important question. His question was, with all this feminism and equality things, what would happen when women achieve this? Wouldn’t women seek to harm men?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon in September 2015. The goals, 17 in total, aim to complete what the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) didn’t achieve as well as address the root causes of poverty and inequality.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a vice that has affected Kenya for decades. Despite several interventions by the government and NGOs, FGM continues to persist in certain communities in the country. National statistics indicate that the FGM prevalence rate stands at 27%.
The Gender Forum travelled to the ethnically cosmopolitan town of Isiolo to contribute a platform for dialogue on women’s participation in decision making in Isiolo County, with focus on the budgeting process.
The Matrimonial Property Bill 2013 was amended by the National Assembly on 12 November 2013, what is the import of this amendments on definition of matrimonial property to require joint ownership and amendment of the equal (50:50) share on dissolution. What does its passing portend?
African gender equality champions have made notable strides - through the state, in political parties, in the media and the economic sphere toward a seemingly elusive gender equality goal. Efforts are frustrated by interpretations of societal norms and values rooted deeply in patriarchal structures and mindsets. Has enough been done to re-socialise or re-educate?