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April 10, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

According to the Institute of Inclusive Security, Kenya launched their national action plan in 2016 and it expires in 2018 (MB-Coder Comment).
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2014 DHS survey of Kenya, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 86.2%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 9.4%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 2%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 6%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 5.5%. According to a 2008-09 DHS survey, the ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"For the first time in Kenya’s history, the new law defines the institution of Marriage. According to section 3(1) Marriage is defined as a voluntary union between a man and a woman" (37).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"There has been marked progress in the representation of women in key Cabinet positions — The number of women Cabinet Secretaries in Kenya’s Cabinet has increased. Women Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries constitute 33.3 per cent and 26.9 per cent respectively" (22). "Women are at the helm of 4 of the key National Commissions — The chairpersons of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Chairperson of the National Gender and Equality Commission, the Chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Public Service Commission and the Budget Controller. Women also occupy the positions of the Vice Chairpersons of the Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution and the National Land ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2008/2009 indicates that 27.1 per cent of women surveyed are circumcised, a decline from 32 per cent in 2003. The KDHS also indicates that a higher proportion of rural women (30.6 per cent) than urban women (16.5 per cent) have been circumcised and further indicates a marked decline in prevalence between generations" (15).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Government of Kenya through the leadership and coordination of the National Gender Machinery in partnership with other actors is undertaking various programmes to address GBV in the work place and in the public sector: … Engaging various informal justice systems in Kenya including Council of Elders, in different regions. These programmes are important as informal justice systems to the women at the grass-roots level" (15). "The issue of women married under customary law without any certificates as proof of such marriages when applying for passports has been resolved under the Marriage Act (2014) requiring that customary marriages be officially registered after three months" (24). "The Law of Succession Act ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act 2010...outlaw specific forms of violence against women" (13). This specific law outlaws trafficking, especially of women and children (CODER COMMENT-BCT). "Enactment of Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act 2010" (19).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The Government repealed Section 38 of the Sexual Offences Act under which women face the risk of being victimized for initiating prosecutions against their abusers as of June 2012. Victims of sexual offences whom majority happen to be women are now able to report cases of sexual violence without fear of criminal sanctions" (9). GBV Hotline 1195 and referral mechanism — toll free line that offers response to GBV victims: This National Domestic Toll Free Short Code was allocated to Health-care Assistance Kenya by Communication Authority of Kenya and launched on 21st February 2013. The Toll free helpline 1195 enhances support for survivors of rape, defilement, FGM and physical assault" ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3

"A public inquiry report launched by the Kenya National Commission Human Rights Commission in 2012 indicates that women with disabilities suffer stigma and discrimination when they seek reproductive health services" (32).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The trafficking of women often happens through employment bureaus operating in Kenya which scout for women and offer them employment abroad. Most Kenyan migrants are employed as domestic workers and are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, violence, rape and even murder. In response to the alarming number of cases involving the mistreatment of Kenyans abroad, on 29 September 2014 the Government revoked the licenses of 930 agencies recruiting Kenyans to work in the Middle East" (19).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"For example in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations, the number of candidates grew by 3.4 per cent from 811,930 in 2012 to 839,759 in 2013. The number of female candidates rose by 4.3 per cent from 396,310 in 2012 to 413,390 in 2013 compared to an increase of 2.6 per cent for the male candidates. This shows that as a result of implementation of Education Act and Education policy, the education sector in Kenya has seen an increase in the rate of transition of girls from primary schools to secondary school" (25-26). ". In the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) for example, the number of KCSE ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-3

"Female employees can get 91 days (3 months) of maternity with full pay. This period can be extended if the employer gives consent (Section 29 of the Employment Act, 2007). The maternity leave is awarded with full pay and is financed by the employer (Section 29 of the Employment Act, 2007). Similarly, a female worker has the right to return to same job/position (or some other similar and suitable position) after availing her maternity leave (Section 29.2 of the Employment Act, 2007)" (29).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"The economic survey 2014 shows that that Kenya has 15 women envoys or 23.8 per cent of the country’s diplomatic corps" (23).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ERBG-DATA-5

"Currently, women in Kenya do the vast majority of agricultural work and produce/market the majority of food. Only 29 per cent of those earning a formal wage throughout the country are women, leaving a huge percentage of women to work in the informal sector without any federal support. Nearly 40 per cent of households are run solely by women and, because of a lack of fair income, nearly all these homes suffer from poverty or extreme poverty (FSD, 2014)" (28).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"Cultural resistance from traditional practicing communities has a posed a major setback to the realization of the provisions of the Prohibition of FGM Act. The National Government working with County governments in supporting initiatives on ending harmful traditional practices and facilitating grass-roots efforts that focus on changing the mindset of practicing communities" (9). "Challenge on Prohibition of FGM law: The implementation of this Act has been met with challenges where the practice of FGM is prevalent. In some parts of the country, communities have protested against the implementation of this Act. These communities have argued that the provisions of the Act infringes against their Constitutional right to culture. The Government ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Government of Kenya through the Treasury has to date (2014) allocated Kshs. 4.5 billion (USD 50.6 Million) of WEF. These funds have benefitted 864,920 women who have borrowed over Kshs. 4.5 billion (USD 50.6 Million) while over 404,800 women have been trained on business management skills, sensitization and registration of 52 Savings and Credit Co-operatives (SACCOs), use of mobile phone loan repayment, partnership with private-public non-state actors. The loan repayments have been impressive at 89 per cent group loan and 99.8 per cent through financial intermediaries largely due to business skills trainings afforded to loanees before any monetary advancement i.e., financial literacy. To broaden the reach to a majority ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"National Gender and Equality Commission as the oversight body monitoring governments work on the protection and promotion of the rights of women, children, youth, elderly, the minority and persons with disabilities" (16).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"In order to meet policy objectives, especially those related to equity and equality in education, the Government supports affirmative action in provision of education at all levels. This comprises: providing support to poor and disadvantaged students through secondary school bursaries, providing support to targeted boarding schools in arid and semi-arid areas and other deserving areas, especially for girls, ensuring the re-entry of girls who drop out of school due to pregnancy and early/forced marriages" (14). Pregnancy and early/forced marriages appear to be barriers to girls getting an education (CODER COMMENT-BCT). "The Government has set aside funds to provide sanitary towels for girls in poor and marginalized areas as the lack ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2008/2009 indicates that 27.1 per cent of women surveyed are circumcised, a decline from 32 per cent in 2003. The KDHS also indicates that a higher proportion of rural women (30.6 per cent) than urban women (16.5 per cent) have been circumcised and further indicates a marked decline in prevalence between generations" (15). "The Government has developed a Community Health Workers Training package. These health workers play a key role in conducting awareness on health issues in rural areas where a number of rural women can hardly access a professional health-care provider" (31). "More rural women have had access to mobile telephone and ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"According to the KDHS 2009 the contraceptive prevalence rate is 46 per cent against the MDG target of 56 per cent in 2015" (31).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"On 1 June 2013, introduced free maternity services in all public facilities and in July 2013, committed Sh3.8 billion to fund the free maternal health-care programme, with an additional Sh700 million for free access to health centres and dispensaries, Sh3.1 billion for recruitment of 30 community nurses per constituency, Sh522 million for recruitment of 10 community health workers per constituency, and Sh1.2 billion for provision of housing units to health-care workers, within its overall allotment of Sh10.6 billion for health care in the 2013/14 national budget" (13). "Statistics indicate that 43.8 per cent of births in Kenya were attended by skilled personnel in 2011" (30). "The Kenya Demographic and Health ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"School instructional materials have been engendered to remove stereotypes that depict women as only capable of taking up careers like nursing while men take up engineering and medical courses" (27).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Kenya has been noted as a source, transit, and destination country for trafficking of men, women, and children. Trafficked Kenyan adults are exploited in involuntary domestic servitude and forced prostitution. Kenyan men, women, and children migrate to the Middle East, other East African nations, and Europe under different circumstances in search of employment, where they are exploited in domestic servitude, massage parlours and brothels, and forced manual labour, including in the construction industry" (19). "Cases of women being offered jobs abroad and instead ending up as slaves (including sexual slaves) have been in the increase in Kenya. The countries into which women are mostly trafficked to the Middle East" (19). ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Article 45(3) of the Constitution is one of the biggest achievements for women in the institution of marriage in the context of equality and non-discrimination. It states that Parties to a marriage are entitled to equal rights at the time of marriage, during the marriage and at the dissolution of the marriage. It lays a minimum age of marriage at 18 years, thus outlawing child marriages that have, hitherto been a major handicap for Kenyan women" (37). "The age of consent is set at 18 for both man and woman" (37).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"Only 29 per cent of those earning a formal wage throughout the country are women" (28).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"The Marriage Act however not only recognizes polygamous marriages but also allows the man to marry another wife without the first one’s consent" (9). "The law recognizes marriages under Christian tradition, civil tradition, customary law, Hindu tradition, Islamic tradition. All these marriages though recognized and must be registered (Sec 6(1)). Practices of other recognized groups or faiths may be notified in the Gazette (Sec 6(1) (f)).Accordingly Christian, Hindu or civil marriages are monogamous (Sec 6(2). Islamic and customary marriages on the other hand are potentially polygamous (Sec 6(3)" (37). "The Constitution of Kenya in Article 45(4) permits polygamy. It mandates Parliament with the task of enacting legislation that recognizes marriages ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"Cases of women being offered jobs abroad and instead ending up as slaves (including sexual slaves) have been in the increase in Kenya. The countries into which women are mostly trafficked to the Middle East. Women are often lured into these countries with the promises of well-paying jobs and a better quality of life. However, they are often subjected to difficult working conditions (often, not the types of jobs that they were promised), lack of freedom (their passports and other identification documents are often confiscated); lack of adequate pay for the work that they are expected to do. As a result of these problems, the Kenyan Government, in June 2012, ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

"Article 14 of the Constitution of Kenya provides that a person is a citizen by birth if on the day of the person’s birth, whether or not the person is born in Kenya, either the mother or father of that person is a citizen. The Constitution does not distinguish between the parent(s) being a citizen by birth or registration. However, the Act is more restrictive and provides that a person born outside Kenya shall be a citizen by birth if on the date of birth that person’s mother or father was or is a citizen by birth (not a citizen by registration)" (24). The Act refers to the Immigration Act, ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Directorate of Gender in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning which is under the Presidency established through executive order of May 2013, and tasked with the responsibility for overall coordination of gender mainstreaming in national development, formulation, review and management of gender related policies, negotiations, domestication and reporting on gender related international and regional treaties and promotion of equitable socioeconomic development between men and women. Under this structure, Gender Officers have been deployed to all Ministries and are situated in Central Project Planning and Monitoring Units (CPPMU) to provide technical guidance on gender mainstreaming. At the devolved level, Youth Officers at the County and sub-county levels have been assigned ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: IAW-LAW-2

"Furthermore, a woman’s inheritance rights are made void should she remarry following the death of her husband" (37).