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June 16, 2022

Generation Equality: End Teenage Pregnancy, Involve Boys and Young Men in Sex Education

By Wendy Ngabire   At the age of six, Adoli lost her father. Her mother gave Adoli to another family as she struggled to take care of her three other children. As Adoli grew up, her adoptive family refused to

June 4, 2022

Generation Equality: GBV Regional Response for Eastern and the Horn of Africa

By Alice Doris Alal     In Kenya, the demographic and health survey of 2014 indicated that due to cultural norms 42% of women and men still believe that wife-beating is acceptable under some conditions. In October 2021, Kenyan record-breaking

May 24, 2022

Generation Equality: Kenya’s Bold Commitment to End GBV by 2026

By Maureen Chebor   Jane Ngweso (not real name) was driving along Forest Road to Parklands in March 2022. While admiring the neat and newly constructed Nairobi Express Highway, a motorbike rider, popularly known as Boda Boda riders abruptly sped

May 22, 2022

Generation Equality: Provide Universal Comprehensive Sexuality Education

By Brenda Aromorach In Uganda adolescents constitute over 9 million people, which is a quarter the population. For the majority of adolescents, life is really harsh. Poverty, coupled with HIV/AIDS; early marriages; teenage pregnancies; Gender-Based Violence, negative cultural practices and

March 18, 2022

Gender Norms Putting Girls at Greater Health, Social Risks, New Study Shows

Adolescent health interventions, which focus on youth 15 years or older, should target a much younger age group to make an impact, a new report shows. The Global Early Adolescent Study shows that around the world, young boys and girls

March 15, 2022

DR Congo Women Crowdfund to get Gang Rape Suspects to Court

After the trial of alleged gang rapists was postponed over lack of funds to get them to court, incensed women in DR Congo crowdfunded the $450 needed, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. Fifty-six women prisoners were sexually assaulted for three

March 7, 2022

2020 to 2030: Decade for slaying the female ‘cut’ globally

The ten-year period from 2020 to 2030 is the Decade of Action for Sustainable Development, a decade of ambitious action to deliver the goals by 2030. The United Nations, with 75 years of global development experience, understands that meaningful development

March 1, 2022

Covid-19 Nightmare of Out-of-School Adolescent Parents in Kenya

Twelve-year-old Hafeeza Daud (not her real name) was a happy girl who loved school. In January last year, she reported back to what would ordinarily have been a long school term in a primary school in Kajiado County. Having just

February 10, 2022

Unsafe Abortions Remain Leading Cause of Death

When Maria Mukabi (not her real name), hardly 18, realised that she was pregnant — and keen to hide it from the mother she sought the assistance of a ‘doctor’ who assured her that she would give her something that

February 3, 2022

No Consensus on How to Curb Teen Pregnancy

Sexual activity and pregnancy rates are high among teenagers in East African, but governments, civil society and churches are divided on how to approach the problem. Governments and faith-based organisations are largely against supplying contraceptives to the youth or legalising

January 28, 2022

Rise in Child Pregnancy Cases has Rwandan Parents, Leaders Worried

Rising numbers of early childhood pregnancies in rural areas of Rwanda have parents and local leaders are worried that this may increase the self-sustenance burden the household’s bear. A mother in Buruhikiro Sector of Nyamagabe District, Southern Province, said there