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Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

" The study concluded approximately 21 percent of adult women had undergone the procedure some time in their lives, but the practice was heavily concentrated in a few communities, including the Maasai (78 percent) and Samburu (86 percent)"(37).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LDS-DATA-1

"The overall success rate of female candidates who ran for positions in the 2017 national elections was 16 percent, with 47 women elected to the 347-member National Assembly and three to the 67-member Senate. Women were elected to three of the 47 governorships"(29).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Voting rates and measures of other types of participation in the political process by women and members of minorities remained lower than those of nonminority men"(29).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law’s definition of domestic violence includes sexual violence within marriage, early and forced marriage, FGM/C, forced wife “inheritance,” damage to property, defilement, economic abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, harassment, incest, intimidation, physical abuse, stalking, verbal abuse, or any other conduct against a person that harms or may cause imminent harm to the safety, health, or well-being of the person"(36)."The law prohibits sexual harassment"(38).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18 years for women and men"(40).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported rising numbers of women and girls killed due to gender-based violence. According to data from the NGO Counting Dead Women Kenya, at least 60 women were killed between January and June[2019]"(37).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"A 2017 forum on Violence against Women in Elections that included the Elections Observation Group and the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA-K) identified significant barriers to women’s participation in the political process. The chief concerns were violence and insecurity stemming from economic and financial intimidation, harassment based on perceived levels of sexual or moral purity, threats of divorce, and other familial or social sanctions"(29).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The constitution provides equal rights for men and women and specifically prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, color, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language, or birth"(38).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"The constitution specifically states no gender should encumber more than two-thirds of elective and appointed offices (the Two-Thirds Gender Rule). In November 2018 and in February, parliament failed to enact the TwoThirds Gender Rule due to lack of the requisite quorum for a constitutional amendment"(29)."During the year(2019) men comprised the entirety of the leadership of the National Assembly, unlike in the previous parliament, in which both the deputy speaker and deputy majority leader were women. The cabinet also did not conform to the twothirds rule; President Kenyatta appointed six women to the cabinet, representing only 21 percent of the seats"(29).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities cited domestic violence as the leading cause of preventable, nonaccidental death for women. Except in cases of death, police officers generally refrained from investigating domestic violence, which they considered a private family matter"(37).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The law makes it illegal to practice FGM/C, procure the services of someone who practices FGM/C, or send a person out of the country to undergo the procedure.The law also makes it illegal to make derogatory remarks about a woman who has not undergone FGM/C"(37).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Under the law insulting the modesty of another person by intruding upon that person’s privacy or stripping them of clothing are criminal offenses punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.The law provides a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for rape when the victim is older than 18, although sentences were at the discretion of the judge and usually no longer than the minimum of 10 years"(36).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"In January[2019], following a tip from a neighborhood watch initiative, police and NGO workers rescued a 12-year-old girl in Kajiado who had been forced to marry a 35-year-old man. Police arrested and charged the victim’s mother and the mother’s partner with submitting a child to a sexual act, child marriage, and child rape"(40).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The judiciary recorded 3,832 cases of sexual and gender-based violence filed in court between October 2018 and September. Authorities reported 947 convictions during the year.The governmental KNCHR’s November report on sexual violence during and after the 2017 election found sexual and gender-based violations accounted for 25 percent of human rights violations, and 71 percent of the sexual assaults were categorized as rape. Of the victims, 96 percent were women. The same report found security officers committed an estimated 55 percent of the documented sexual assaults."(36).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ADCM-PRACTICE-1, CUST-PRACTICE-1

"The court ruled that fathers who sire children out of wedlock must have equal parental responsibility as mothers"(39).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In July the Defenders Coalition noted human rights activists continued to face increased attacks in a climate of impunity. Its report cited the death of activist Caroline Mwatha, a founder of a social justice organization. A police investigation found Mwatha died after an attempted abortion, but many of the circumstances of her death remained suspicious, according to some human rights activists. Four individuals were charged with her murder, and the case remained pending at year’s end"(3).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights groups reported police routinely engaged in nonconsensual sex with female prisoners, and many female inmates resorted to prostitution to obtain necessities, such as sanitary items and underwear, not provided by the Prisons Service"(7)."Sexual and gender-based violence against refugees and asylum seekers remained a problem, particularly for vulnerable populations including women, children, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees and asylum seekers. Reported incidents included domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, physical assault, psychological abuse, female genital mutilation mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and early and forced marriage, particularly of Sudanese, South Sudanese, and Somali girls"(24)."The law criminalizes rape, defilement (statutory rape), domestic violence, and sex tourism, but enforcement remained limited"(36)."Citizens...more
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In 2017 the NCAJ reported that, despite the legal requirement to separate male prisoners from women and children, the mixing of genders and ages remained a problem in some police station detention facilities and court holding cells. Of the facilities inspected by IPOA between October 2018 and September, only 71.2 percent had separate cells for adult female offenders, 8.5 percent had separate cells for female juvenile offenders, and 16.1 percent had separate cells for male juvenile offenders. Sexual abuse of female prisoners was a problem. Human rights groups reported police routinely engaged in nonconsensual sex with female prisoners, and many female inmates resorted to prostitution to obtain necessities, such as...more
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Although police no longer required physicians to examine victims, physicians still had to complete official forms reporting rape. Rural areas generally had no police physician, and in Nairobi there were only three. NGOs reported police stations often but inconsistently accepted the examination report of clinical physicians who initially treated rape victims"(37).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate"(29)."The constitution provides for parliamentary representation by women, youth, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and marginalized communities"(29).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual and gender-based violence against refugees and asylum seekers remained a problem, particularly for vulnerable populations including women, children, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees and asylum seekers. Reported incidents included domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, physical assault, psychological abuse, female genital mutilation mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and early and forced marriage, particularly of Sudanese, South Sudanese, and Somali girls"(24)."In December, as part of the government’s initiative to end FGM/C by 2022, the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender began consultative meetings with county commissioners and chiefs from the 22 counties with the highest rates of FGM/C to improve enforcement of the FGM/C law.Media reported arrests of perpetrators...more
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization"(38).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual and gender-based violence against refugees and asylum seekers remained a problem, particularly for vulnerable populations including women, children, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees and asylum seekers. Reported incidents included domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, physical assault, psychological abuse, female genital mutilation mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and early and forced marriage, particularly of Sudanese, South Sudanese, and Somali girls"(24).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: IW-PRACTICE-1

"Certain communities practiced wife inheritance, in which a man inherits the widow of his brother or other close relative, regardless of her wishes"(38).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law does not explicitly criminalize spousal rape"(36).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"While the law provides pregnant girls the right to continue their education until after giving birth, NGOs reported schools often did not respect this right. School executives sometimes expelled pregnant girls or transferred them to other schools.Media outlets reported a significant number of girls failed to sit for their final secondary school examinations due to pregnancy"(39).
Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Rep, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Malta, Mongolia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad/Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia
Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

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Aug. 6, 2021, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Paul Adhoch, the executive director of Trace Kenya, a Mombasa-based counter-trafficking NGO, works relentlessly to protect Kenyan women who leave home to take up domestic worker posts in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. He says that he’s seen the ban have a positive impact, but the calls for help are still coming in" (para 16).
Aug. 6, 2021, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LDS-LAW-1

"'The first time I went, I went in an illegal, chaotic situation through brokers who did not prepare us for what lay ahead,' says Mbogo. 'I am more confident this time. I believe all will be well.' Her confidence comes from a raft of legal reforms that Kenya has recently put in place to try to make it safe for women to travel to the Gulf to work" (para 3-4). "Reports of east African workers being raped and tortured across the region and haunting videos of Kenyan women pleading for help after allegedly being abused by their employers saw the Kenyan government follow other countries such as Indonesia and the...more
Aug. 6, 2021, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"In a busy recruitment agency in Nairobi’s central business district, dozens of women line the halls. All hope that today they will secure a job as a domestic worker in the Gulf states, cooking, cleaning and caring for another family thousands of miles from their own homes" (para 1). "Since then the government has been grappling with how to allow women and the country’s economy to benefit from the huge demand for migrant domestic workers from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while keeping those who want to travel for work safe" (para 8). "Paul Adhoch, the executive director of Trace Kenya, a Mombasa-based counter-trafficking NGO, works relentlessly to...more